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Rain moves in on Day 5 of Track and Field Trials

Blake Risner
Special to the Post Independent

Day 5 of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials not only saw the athletes return to Eugene and Hayward Field, but rain showed up as well for the first time during our trip to the Pacific Northwest. The weather up to now has been sunny and warm.

The majority of the events on Thursday were qualifying rounds. Many of the television viewers might not realize that all events, with the exception of the 10,000 meter run, have one or two preliminary rounds prior to the finals that are shown by the network.

Up to this point, the rain has not made a big impact on the competitors as most are simply attempting make the next round or qualify for the finals. However, athletes in the three events that are finals tonight, women’s shot put, women’s triple jump and women’s 3,000M steeple chase, all hope for acceptable conditions in order to perform at their best.

These finals will be contested after my press deadline on Thursday. To view results, go to http://gotracktownusa.com/events/united-states- olympic-trials/. For a complete listing of the television coverage, go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/how-watch-us-olympic-track-and- field-trials.

Earlier preliminary action today included the first round of the men’s 200M dash. The youth movement that I discussed a few days ago continues as two high school athletes moved on to the semifinals in the half-lap sprint. Noah Lyles and Michael Norman each won their respective heats over seasoned veterans such as Tyson Gay and Walter Dix.

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Look for the Trials action to pick up in the next three days as there are still 17 events remaining to determine our U.S. Olympic team that will compete against the world’s best in Rio.

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