2012 US Olympic Trials Day 4, Top 5: 



1. The anticipation for the men's and women's 800 meter final was mounting all day for fans who were waiting to see which athletes would punch their tickets to London. In the men's 800 final, Nick Symmonds, the repeat champion made a statement yet again, running away from the field in the final home stretch after starting from the back of the pack. Symmonds came through in a 1:43.92 followed by 35 year old and 2004 Olympian Khadevis Robinson (1:44.64), and Duane Solomon Jr. (1:44.65), to make his first Olympic team. 


Place Athlete Name Affiliation Time              
 1 Nicholas Symmonds Nike / Oregon TC Elite 1:43.92              
 2 Khadevis Robinson Nike 1:44.64              
 3 Duane Solomon Jr Saucony 1:44.65              
 4 Ryan Martin U C S B 1:44.90              
 5 Tyler Mulder Nike / Oregon TC Elite 1:45.02              
 6 Elijah Greer Oregon 1:45.40              
 7 Mark Wieczorek Unattached 1:45.62              
 8 Charles Jock Nike 1:49.02


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2. The women's 800 final was also a sight to see as Alysia Montano, three time US champion and NCAA Champion while at Cal, willed herself to the top finishing spot. Montano took the race out in a 55 second quarter with the rest of the field twenty meters behind her for the majority of the race. Coming around the Bowerman curve, the field of Gina Gall, Molly Beckwith, and Alice Schmidt followed close behind battling for the 2nd and 3rd place spots. Montano maintained the lead, bringing it home in a 1:59.02, followed by Gall who barely edged out Schmidt for 2nd place, and Schmidt for the coveted third place position. 



Place Athlete Name Affiliation Time              
 1 Alysia Montano Nike 1:59.08              
 2 Geena Gall Nike / Oregon TC Elite 1:59.24              
 3 Alice Schmidt Nike 1:59.46              
 4 Molly Beckwith Saucony 1:59.68              
 5 Phoebe Wright Nike 1:59.72              
 6 Brenda Martinez New Balance 2:01.67              
 7 Heather Kampf Asics / Team USA Minnesota 2:02.86              
 8 Maggie Vessey New Balance 2:03.44          


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3. The men's 5k finalists were determined in two heats with the first 6 athletes advancing in each heat followed by the next four fastest times
. In heat 1, Andrew Bumbalough of Nike and Galen Rupp, the winner of the men's 10,000 on Friday broke away from the pack in the final lap to finsh 1st and 2nd, securing their spots in the final. In an attempt to make his second Olympic team, Alan Webb didn't make the final and ended up finishing 11th in heat 1. Webb has said since his race last night that he is going to focus his energy on fatherhood and reevaluating his running career. In heat 2, Lopez Lomong emerged with the victory to cruise a 13:42 alongside American Record holder Bernard Lagat.  The men's 5k final will take place this Thursday at 7:38pm PT. 


 Place Athlete Name Affiliation Time Qual           Heat(Pl)
 1 Lopez Lomong Nike 13:42.81           2 (1)
 2 Bernard Lagat Nike 13:42.83           2 (2)
 3 Benjamin True Saucony 13:43.12           2 (3)
 4 Ryan Hill North Carolina State 13:43.24           2 (4)
 5 Hassan Mead Minnesota 13:44.56           2 (5)
 6 Brandon Bethke Unattached 13:45.21           2 (6)
 7 George Alex Oklahoma 13:45.55           2 (7)
 8 Brent Vaughn Nike 13:45.87           2 (8)
 9 Andrew Bumbalough Nike 13:46.80           1 (1)
 10 Galen Rupp Nike 13:46.82           1 (2)
 11 Trevor Dunbar Oregon 13:49.19           1 (3)
 12 Mohamed Trafeh Nike 13:49.34           1 (4)
 13 Robert Cheseret Unattached 13:49.42           1 (5)
 14 Elliott Heath Stanford 13:49.50           1 (6)
 15 Ian Dobson Nike / Oregon TC Elite 13:49.62           2 (9)
 16 Scott Bauhs Unattached 13:50.86           1 (7)
 17 Yosef Ghebray Unattached 13:51.65             1 (8)
 18 Dan Lowry Brown University 13:56.08             1 (9)
 19 Stephen Furst adidas Raleigh Track Club 13:56.16             2 (10)
 20 Jacob Riley Hansons-Brooks Distance Projec 13:59.73             1 (10)
 21 Alan Webb Nike 14:01.25             1 (11)
 22 Girma Mecheso Oklahoma State 14:11.95             2 (11)
 DNF Bolota Asmerom Unattached
























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4.The women's 5k preliminaries were another exciting race to watch starting with heat 1, where Abbey D'Agostino, a sophomore from Dartmouth won in a time of 15:41 followed by Julie Culley, Julia Lucas, Emily Infeld, Deborah Maier, and Elizabeth Maloy. The 2012 NCAA champion threw in a big kick at the end to secure the victory and her spot in the 5k final on Thursday. In heat 2, the race was mostly led by American record holder Molly Huddle, Elizabeth Maloy, and Kim Conley with a very tight pack following. Maloy emerged with the win followed by Huddle, Conley, Erdmann, Williams, and an inspiring finish by Lauren Fleshman who decided to race despite various injuries. The final to determine the Olympic team will take place on Thursday at 7:15pm PT. 


Place Athlete Name Affiliation Time Qual           Heat(Pl)
 1 Abbey D'Agostino Unattached 15:41.14           1 (1)
 2 Julie Culley Asics/N Y A C 15:41.29           1 (2)
 3 Julia Lucas Nike / Oregon TC Elite 15:42.82           1 (3)
 4 Emily Infeld Georgetown 15:43.41           1 (4)
 5 Deborah Maier Unattached 15:43.54           1 (5)
 6 Elizabeth Maloy New Balance 15:46.00           2 (1)
 7 Molly Huddle Saucony 15:46.05           2 (2)
 8 Kim Conley SRA Elite 15:47.39           2 (3)
 9 Lisa Uhl Nike / Oregon TC Elite 15:48.16           1 (6)
 10 Tara Erdmann Unattached 15:49.98           2 (4)
 11 Kathy Kroeger Stanford 15:50.09           1 (7)
 12 Alisha Williams Boulder Running Company/adidas 15:51.10           2 (5)
 13 Lauren Fleshman Nike / Oregon TC Elite 15:51.53           2 (6)
 14 Magdalena Lewy Boulet Saucony 15:51.73           2 (7)
 15 Emily Sisson Unattached 15:52.37           1 (8)
 16 Kellyn Johnson adidas/McMillan Elite 15:54.42           2 (

















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5. A surprising performance was Jesse Williams in the men's high jump final. The Olympian, 2008 US Trials Champion, and 2011 World Champion barely snuck into the top group of four who all hit the height of 2.28m. Jamie Nieto of NYAC, Erik Kynard Jr. of Kansas State, Nick Ross of Arizona, and Williams all hit the same mark. Ross will not be able to move on to London because he did not hit the Olympic A Standard, but Williams will advance despite his less than stellar performance on Monday.

Place Athlete Name Affiliation Mark      
 1 Jamie Nieto N Y A C 2.28m 7-5 ¾     
 2 Erik Kynard Jr Kansas State 2.28m 7-5 ¾     
 3 Nick Ross Unattached 2.28m 7-5 ¾     
 4 Jesse Williams Nike / Oregon TC Elite 2.28m 7-5 ¾     
 5 Ed Wright Unattached 2.25m 7-4 ½     
 5 Justin Frick Shore A C 2.25m 7-4 ½     
 7 Montez Blair Cornell Track & Field Club 2.15m 7-0 ½     
 7 Dwight Barbiasz Florida 2.15m 7-0 ½     
 9 Tora Harris Unattached 2.15m 7-0 ½     
 NH Geoffery Davis Unattached         
 NH Jim Dilling Unattached         
 NH Jeffery Herron Iowa         
 NH Zack Riley SwampFox Track Club