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U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials Begin Thursday
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/19/2012

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012

The road to the 2012 London Olympic Games for U.S. track and field athletes begins on Thursday when the Olympic Trials kick-off in Oregon. Several current Bruins and many alums will be in action with the hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team. The meet runs from June 21-June 25 and June 28-July 1.

The top three finishers in each event (who have the IAAF 'A" standard) will qualify for the London Games.

The hammer throw will be contested on Thursday, June 21st at Nike Headquarters in Portland, OR. Alum Jessica Cosby, the American Record holder in the hammer, will be competing Thursday in the effort to qualify for her second Olympic team. Four-time All-American Alec Faldermeyer will also be in action on Thursday in the men's hammer. The remainder of the meet will be held at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, OR.

Junior All-American and two-time NCAA runner-up in the 400m hurdles, Turquoise Thompson will also be competing along with Mike Woepse, who was the runner-up in the pole vault at NCAAs this season.

Nearly 15 alums will be in action in Oregon, including the reigning Olympic champion in the 100m hurdles, Dawn Harper, and the 2004 Olympic champion, Joanna Hayes. Michelle Perry, a world champion in the hurdles, will also compete at the Trials.

Sheena (Johnson) Tosta, who earned the silver medal in the intermediate hurdles at the Beijing Olympic Games, will also race in Oregon. Nicole Leach, a two-time NCAA champion during her career at UCLA, will also compete in the 400m hurdles.

Former NCAA All-American Katy Viuf will compete in the pole vault, along with another alum, Megan Jamerson.

High jumper Amy Acuff will be looking to qualify for her fifth Olympic Games in the event, while Suzy Powell Roos will compete in the discus.

On the men's side, Bruin alum Dustin DeLeo will compete in the pole vault. Brandon Johnson, a former All-American in the 400m hurdles, has transitioned into a half-miler and will compete in the 800m. Another former All-American, Kevin Craddock, will compete in the 110m hurdles.

Jonathan Clark, who is the volunteer jumps coach for the women's team and a former All-American, will compete in the triple jump. Another alum, Greg Garza, is slated to compete in the discus.

For all U.S. Olympic Trials information, including schedule, entries and results, click here.

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