Track and Field | Saturday, June 23, 2012
Symmonds Advances to Finals of 800-Meter Run at Olympic Trials
EUGENE, ORE. -- Former Willamette University track and field runner Nick Symmonds ('06) has advanced to the finals of the 800-meter run at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trails. Symmonds achieved his spot in the finals by placing second in his semifinal heat on Saturday, June 23 at Hayward Field.
The top three finishers in each of the two semifinal heats advanced to the finals, along with the runners earning the next two fastest times. Symmonds, who runs for Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite, is seeking his fifth consecutive national championship in the 800-meter run.
In addition he will be looking to qualify for his second consecutive trip to the Olympics. The top three runners in the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials will receive bids to the Olympics in London, England, later this summer. The final heat in the 800-meter run is set for Monday, June 25 at 7:47 p.m.
Symmonds finished behind OTC Elite teammate Tyler Mulder in the second semifinal heat. Mulder, a former runner at the University of Northern Iowa, won the heat in 1:46.14, while Symmonds followed in 1:46.82 to easily claim one of the three automatic berths into the finals.
The third automatic bid during the second heat went to Ryan Martin from the University of California-Santa Barbara who registered a time of 1:47.37.
Khadevis Robinson of Nike won the first heat with a time of 1:45.83. Duane Solomon, Jr., competing for Saucony, took second place in the first heat in 1:46.03. Elijah Greer from the University of Oregon was third in 1:46.28.
The at-large berths into the finals were earned by Charles Jock of Nike in 1:46.40 and by unattached runner Mark Wieczorek in 1:46.48.
As a collegiate runner at Willamette, Symmonds won seven NCAA national titles during the 2003-06 seasons. He attained four national championships in the 800-meter run and also earned three national championships in the 1,500-meter run.
Symmonds began his string of USATF national championships by taking first place at the Olympic Trials in 2008. As a result, he qualified for the Beijing Olympics, where he advanced to the semifinals.