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Cougs take on Olympic Trials

Track and Field shoots for the moon!

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Good morning, Coug fans!

As the 2021 Olympics grow closer and closer, you might recognize four familiar names as they attempt a shot to compete for the United States Track and Field team.

Up first we have former Coug, 2013 grad Caroline Austin. Austin is a distance runner, and ended her tenure at Wazzu as team captain. Wishing her nothing but luck!

Another Coug going for gold is Brock Eager- Eager is a thrower who ended his time at WSU in 2019, where he PRed and had the third-best mark in WSU history in the hammer throw at 71.90m!

CJ Allen hurdles his way towards the Olympic trials, literally. He finished his career at WSU as a Second-Team All-American and a two-time Pac 12 Champion in 2016. This will not be his first Olympic trials, as he was accepted in 2016.

And finally, current Coug Paul Ryan (see Kevin’s article last week for a political pun) is trying his luck. He has a PR in the 1500 of 3:40.98, and his mile time is under 4 minutes. That feels insane to me.

Let’s all agree to get very very excited about track and field, and the prospect of having some Olympic Cougs! I hope everyone has a great weekend, especially Caroline Austin, Brock Eager, CJ Allen, and WSU’s Paul Ryan.

Links

A Grip on Sports: There are four times a year when golf is must-see-TV but none more than U.S. Open week | The Spokesman-Review
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are about four weekends a year when it doesn’t bother us to be a bit sick. Not really bad, mind you, but just enough no one wants to visit and you can bail out of any sort of chores or responsibilities. A give-me-a-few-days illness. This is one of those weekends.

The doors finally are opening for Logos product Ryan | Sports | dnews.com
It was a big deal for Paul Ryan to claim a medal last week in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships at Hayward Field in track-adoring Eugene, Ore.

Senate hearing highlights rift between Democrats, Republicans on student-athlete rights | The Spokesman-Review
WASHINGTON – A week after a Senate panel showed bipartisan agreement on the need to let collegiate athletes earn money while in school, current and former student-athletes and a father who lost his son to a deadly college football practice urged the senators Thursday to expand the scope of a bill to ensure athletes’ rights to health care, quality education and more.