A number of Olympic Trial qualifying marks were hit over this past weekend by many Ivy alumni.
The qualifying standards for the Olympic Trials are provided by USA T&F. An athlete is guaranteed entry into the Olympic Trials if they hit the automatic “A” qualifying mark in their respective events. Should the athlete meet the “B” mark, they have provisionally qualified and are invited to the Trials if there are still spots available in their events. The qualification period for the Trials ends on June 17, 2012.
Last Thursday, a high-performance throwing events only meet called the Tuscon Elite Classic was held in Tuscon, AZ, where two former Bears hit qualifying marks for the Olympic Trials. Former Heps champ in the discus Bryan Powlen won his event with a Trials B qualifying throw of 200-1 (60.99m) while former NCAA champion Craig Kinsley won the javelin with a Trials A standard throw of 254-6.25 (77.58m).
While we previously highlighted Donn Cabral’s record breaking steeplechase performance at the Oxy High Performance Meet, a number of alumni also competed and hit some of the qualifying standards. Ashley Higginson and Delilah Dicrescenzo made the automatic qualifier in the steeplechase, running a 9:46.83 and 9:47.50 respectively in the event. Morgan Uceny and Anna Pierce easily hit the A standard in the 1500m, running 4:06.52 and 4:06.11 respectively. Liam Boylan-Pett finished the 800m in 1:47.71, hitting the Trials B mark. Brian Hill (1:48.84 – 800m), Kate Grace (2:01.63 – 800m), and Liz Costello (15:45.11 – 5000m) also competed but they finished just outside of Trials qualification.
On Saturday night, former All-American Lindsey Scherf hit the Trials B standard in the 10,000m at the New Balance Boston Twilight meet, held in Lowell, MA. She finished third in the race with 33:13.47.
Feel free to forward on any other news of athletes qualifying for the Olympic Trials (even for international teams). Good luck to everyone in qualifying.