Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard ’19) was going to be happy regardless of how her Trials 200m final went today. She was proud going into this final that she made it that far and compete against such high caliber competition, and it would be just a bonus if she got onto the Olympic team.
If she was intimidated by any of it, she did not show it when she ran.
Thomas finished sixth in the 200m final in 22.72, besting 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jeneba Tarboh and professional Tiffany Townsend, and finishing only steps behind the NCAA champion Ariana Washington (5th – 22.65) and reigning Olympic 200m gold medalist Allyson Felix (4th – 22.54).
Oh, and Thomas is 18 years old. Imagine what kind of speed she will have in four years?
Hopefully Kyle Merber (Columbia ’13) and John Gregorek (Columbia ’14) can show similar improvements. The men’s 1,500m final went out on a quick pace – since only five men of the 13 person final had met the Olympic standard, there were other men who wanted to hit it in case they made one of the potential team positions. The end result was a new Olympic Trials record set by Matt Centrowitz (3:34.09) and the top three all men who had previously met the Olympic standard – Centrowitz, Robby Andrews (who trains under Princeton coach Jason Vigilante), and Ben Blankenship. Gregorek finished sixth overall in 3:38.76 and Merber was 10th in 3:40.27.