Olympic Track and Field Trials Update: Day 2
This story will be updated at the end of each day’s competition.
DAY 2 | SATURDAY JUNE 19
Class of 2017 Kyle Pater advanced to the pole vault final after placing in the top 12 of the qualifying round. Pater, the second outfielder on the track, easily crossed the opening bar of 17’8½ “on his first attempt. He also crossed the next bar (18’0½”) on his first try, before moving on. use two attempts to clear the 18 ‘Bars of 4½ “and 18’6½” – the latter being the best season. Pater finished the qualifying round tied for 10th, as the field of 25 jumpers was reduced to 12 finalists by the end of the 18’6½ ”round.
Michael rhoads, a 2020 Academy graduate, concluded his run at the Olympic Trials in the semi-finals of the 800-meter race. Competing in the second round, Rhoads found himself at the back of the pack when the group cut to form the main pack. He moved up to sixth place at the bell and, after shuffling his standings throughout the final 400 meters, finished seventh in his heat – and 12th overall – with a time of 1: 47.39.
DAY 1 | FRIDAY JUNE 18
Shelley Spiers, a member of the 2018 Academy class, qualified for the high jump final after a perfect afternoon of jumping. Entering the competition at the opening height of 5’9¾ “, Spiers easily crossed the bar on his first attempt – and successfully registered extra first-attempt clearances at the next two heights (5’11½”, 6’1½ “). Spiers, one of seven jumpers to produce a clean sheet during the competition, was tied for first when the field of 25 athletes was reduced to 12 finalists at the end of the 6 ’round. 1½ “.
“I’ve never been here when it’s not raining, and (today) it was beautiful,” Spiers said with a laugh at the end of the high jump. “It was really fluid. Having a clean dashboard in the preliminary round is very reassuring for the final. I wanted to focus on the first attempts… that made the difference, especially in the final. I felt good from my take-off point. , so I think I settled down. “
Just as the high jump ended on the Hayward Field infield, Michael rhoads took to the track for the opening round of the 800-meter race. Using a powerful kick in the final to gain three places, Rhoads won his race and secured an automatic place in tomorrow’s semi-final race. With a time of 1: 48.64, Rhoads finished 15th overall in the opening round of 32 riders.
“It went as well as it could have been for me,” Rhoads said after the race. “The plan was just not to (take the lead in the beginning). Not to be the leader… just do my thing for the last 200 or 150. The work has been in place, in the months and years that have come before. Once you’re in the line, run smart and run hard. “