Princeton’s Conor McCullough and Harvard coach Chris Bryce kicked off the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials yesterday as they both competed in the hammer throw. Unlike the rest of the Trials, the hammer throw events were organized as a free to the public event, dubbed “Hammertime” by USATF, that was held at the Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Ore. An estimated crowd of 3,000 people were present to watch these throwers compete, creating an atmosphere that the athletes called “intense” and “insane”.
McCullough competed well and finished 4th overall with a distance of 241-3 (73.55m). His season’s best/conference record is 242-10 (74.01m).
Bryce was not able to find a rhythm as he fouled two of this three throws. His legal throw of 218-2 (66.51m) placed 15th overall. A total of 23 competitors competed yesterday.
Nike’s Kibwe Johnson and AG Kruger, who finished 1st and 3rd respectively, will travel to London as a part of Team USA as they were the only two competitors who have hit the Olympic A Standard. Chris Cralle, a Sam Houston State alum, finished 2nd. Event results can be found here.
Today is the first day of events being held in Eugene at Hayward Field, which will include the 800m trials (Kate Grace [Yale], Liam Boylan-Pett [Columbia]) and 10,000m finals (Ben True [Dartmouth], Liz Costello [Princeton]).
Update: Liam Boylan-Pett is aiming to compete in both the 800m and 1,500m during the 10 day Trials. He will be blogging his Trial experiences through Running Times. Check out his first two entries and continue to follow him as he races these next 10 days.