De Grasse & Brown Make Canadian Olympic Team, 3 Trojans Come Up Short At USA Olympic Trials|
July 9, 2016
Michael Norman was fifth in the 200m, Aleec Harris seventh in the 110m HH and Eric Sloan 12th in the men’s triple jump, while Allyson Felix advanced to the women’s 200m finals highlighting USC’s action at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (July 9). Also today, Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown made the Canadian 100m team at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The incoming freshman Norman (USC, 2020) placed fifth in the men’s 200m final with a wind-legal PR of 20.14 (+1.6), falling two spots short of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team in the event. Norman reached the finals by winning his qualifying heat with a time of 20.06 (+2.8w) on July 7 and his semifinals heat with a time of 20.21 (-1.1) on July 8.
Harris (USC, 2014) placed seventh in the men’s 110m HH final with a time of 13.56 (+1.0). Harris ran 13.54 (-1.8) and Ryan Wilson (USC, 2003) went 13.62 (-1.8) in the first of three semifinals heats earlier in the day. The top two from each heat and the next two best times advanced to the finals. When the final semifinals heat was concluded, Harris had the top performance to advance on time and sixth-fastest of the finals qualifiers. Wilson ended up one spot out of the finals in ninth place.
Sloan (USC, 2017) was the first Trojan to compete on the day, but did not land a legal jump in the men’s triple jump finals and finished 12th. He began his day with a foul in the men’s triple jump finals and was tied for ninth after the first round, with the top eight after three jumps earning three more jumps. Four jumpers had leaped over 55 feet in their first attempts. Sloan fouled again in his second attempt and was going to need a jump of at least 53-11 to advance to the final three rounds in the top eight. As it turns out, it wouldn’t matter as Sloan had another foul to finish 12th. Still an impressive result for a college junior to sit out the season with a couple of injuries, then compete and make it to the triple jump finals at the USA Olympic Trials.
Felix (USC, 2008) and Deanna Hill (USC, 2018) ran in the final women’s 200m semifinals heat, needing to finish in the top two or have one of the two next best times, which were 22.79 and 22.99 heading into their race, to advance to tomorrow’s final. It was the fastest heat overall and Felix took second at 22.57 (+0.4) and Hill fifth at 23.04 (+0.4). Felix advances to tomorrow’s final with the third-fastest time and Hill finished 13th overall. A difference of 0.06 seconds separated the eighth and final qualifier and the 13th-place finisher Hill.
Joining Felix competing tomorrow in USA Olympic Trials finals tomorrow, the last day of the championships, will be Jaide Stepter (USC, 2016) and Dalilah Muhammad (USC, 2012) in the women’s 400m IH final.
Other Trojans competing around the world today included Brown (USC, 2014) and De Grasse (USC, 2016) at the 2016 Canadian Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Amalie Iuel (USC, 2017) at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
De Grasse, who turned pro during the fall and bypassed his final season of eligibility at USC, won the Canadian 100m title with a time of 9.99 (-0.1) to qualify for the Olympics. Right behind him in second was fellow Trojan Brown with a time of 10.07 (-0.1) to also make the Canadian team in the event. Both Brown (10.06/+2.5w) and De Grasse (10.08/+0.3) won their semifinals heats earlier in the day and advanced to the finals with the top two qualifying times. They will both also compete tomorrow in the 200m dash.
Iuel took second in her 400m IH semifinals heat at the European Athletics Championships with a PR and Norwegian national record of 55.79. That time also moves her from fourth to tied for third on USC’s all-time women’s 400m IH list. Iuel moves on to tomorrow’s 400m IH finals with the fourth-fastest time among the qualifiers