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HOT COUGAR ACTION: WSU Well Represented At USA Olympic Trials

The USA track and field Olympic trials continue this week in Eugene and Washington State is well represented. Six WSU alumni are competing at the trials, attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympic team. Here is a closer look at how each have fared during the first few days of trials and what is still to come.

Joe Abbott, Men's 800m

Abbott ran the 16th fastest time in the prelims but did not advance to the semis. It was a bit of bad luck for Abbott who would have advanced to the semis if he ran in heat three instead of heat four.

Ian Waltz, Men's Discus

Waltz is attempting to qualify for his third Olympic Games. Men's discuss prelims are today with the finals set for Thursday.

Bernard Lagat, Men's 5000m

Lagat will be running just the 5000m this year and will not compete in the 1500m. If he qualifies, 2012 would be his fourth Olympic appearance. He finished second in the 5000m at the World Championships in 2011. The men's 5000m prelim is tonight with Lagat needing to finish in the top 16 to advance to Thursday's final.

Jeshua Anderson, Men's 400m Hurdles

The three-time NCAA champion is looking to make his first Olympic team. Anderson won the 400m hurdles at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The 400m hurdle field is extremely competitive with prelims set for Thursday, semifinals on Friday and the final on Sunday.

Blessing Ufodiama, Women's Triple Jump

Ufodiama finished 11th during the qualifying round on Saturday, advancing to tonight's final.

Collier Lawrence, Women's 3000m steeplechase

Lawrence will compete in the prelim round tonight, needing to finish in the top 14 to advance to the final on Friday.

Four of the six will be in action today with Ufodiama having a chance to punch her ticket to London.

Track And Field

Six WSU Alums to Compete at USA Track & Field Olympic Trials - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN -- Six Washington State University alums are set to compete at the United States Track & Field Olympic Trials, June 21-July 1, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.