Track and Field | Friday, June 22, 2012
Symmonds Wins Preliminary Heat in 800-Meter Run at Olympic Trials
Advances into Semifinals on Saturday
EUGENE, ORE. -- Nick Symmonds ('06), who won seven NCAA national titles in track and field at Willamette University during the 2003-06 seasons, won his preliminary heat of the 800-meter run at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday, June 22 at Hayward Field. Symmonds advanced to the semifinals, which will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 4:45 p.m. (PDT).
Symmonds, now a member of Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite, registered a time of 1:46.94 to take first place in the opening heat with a winning margin of 0.20 seconds. David Pachuta from the University of Minnesota, was second in the heat in 1:47.14. Erik Sowinski, from the University of Iowa, placed third in 1:47.30.
Sowinski took third place by .01, edging out Tevan Everett from the New Jersey/New York Track Club, who finished the race in 1:47.31.
The top three finishers in each of the four heats advanced to the semifinals. Also advancing were the runners with the next four fastest times. Everett received one of the at-large berths. Overall, six of the eight runners in Symmonds' heat advanced to the semifinals.
Winning the other three heats were Tyler Mulder from Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite in the second heat in 1:46.81, Charles Jock of Nike in the third heat in 1:47.90 and Khadevis Robinson of Nike in the fourth heat in 1:47.30.
Mulder registered the fastest time of the prelims, Ryan Martin from the University of California-Santa Barbara earned the second fastest time in 1:46.92 and Symmonds held the third fastest time.
Symmonds, who has won the last four U.S. championships in the 800, finished in first place at the Olympic Trials in 2008 and went on to reach the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics.