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No shortage of July 4th fireworks to close competition on Day 4 of Olympic Trials


EUGENE, OREGON -- While millions are ready to set off their fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, 21,713 of the Hayward faithful watched fireworks of their own Monday on the fourth day of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field.

Murphy kicks to extend unbeaten 2016

Clayton Murphy (New Madison, Ohio), the 2016 NCAA 1500m champion and 2015 NCAA 800m winner, cruised past World Indoor champion Boris Berian (Colorado Springs, Colorado) in the final 20 meters to claim the victory in 1:44.76. Berian, who led the field through 400m (50.60) and 600m (1:17.43), finished second in 1:44.92. Third place went to Charles Jock (Eugene, Oregon) in 1:45.48 as he held a comfortable margin over the 1:46.03 by Craig Engels (Pfafftown, North Carolina) in fourth place.

Women’s 800m shows no shortage of heart as three new Olympians qualify for Team USA

A stellar field put the hammer down from the gun, led by Alysia Montano (Canyon Country, California) and Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas). That duo passed 200 meters in under 28 seconds, with the other six finalists within a half-second. Over the next furlong Montano eased to the front to take the field through 400 in 57.46, putting a small gap on Rogers and Ajee’ Wilson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), who was slowly moving up. By the 600 point Wilson had assumed the lead, going past in 1:27.98, and Brenda Martinez (Rancho Cucamonga, California) was lurking off her shoulder along with Montano and Rogers.

The final curve decided the race as contact was made in the front-center of the pack and Martinez had to cut her stride and swerve out, while Montano went down with 150 to go. Wilson avoided the trouble, but couldn’t avoid the speed of Kate Grace (Santa Monica, California) down the final stretch, as Grace captured her first national title in 1:59.10, .41 ahead of Wilson. Chrishuna Williams (Dallas) ran the race of her life to grab the third Rio berth in 1:59.59. Molly Ludlow (Indianapolis) was fourth in 1:59.63.

Kendricks continues winning ways

With a meet record clearance of 5.91m/19-4.75 on his third attempt, Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) claimed the title. Kendricks, the World Indoor silver medalist in March, was clean on the first six heights he attempted from the opening height of 5.40m/17-8.5 to 5.80m/19-0.25. The previous Trials record of 5.90m/19-4.25 was set by Tim Mack in 2004.

Cale Simmons (Rocklin, California) finished second with a 5.65m/18-6.5 clearance while Logan Cunningham (Smithson Valley, Texas) secured third place with a 5.60m/18-4.5 make. Four other vaulters also made it over 5.60, but three needed two attempts and one, NCAA champion Jake Blankenship (Gahanna, Ohio), needed three tries.

Hostetler heaves meet record for gold

The Trials meet record was broken twice during this competition with Cyrus Hostetler (Chula Vista, California) winning the competition with a throw of 83.24m/273-1 in round five. Curtis Thompson (Florence, New Jersey) of Mississippi State had a first round effort of 82.88m/271-11, which left him 12 centimeters away from the Olympic Games standard of 83.00m/272-3. The previous Olympic Trials record of 82.39m/270-3 was set in 2004 by Breaux Greer.

Riley Dolezal (Fargo, North Dakota) finished third with a 79.67m/261-4, but also lacks the Rio qualifier, so fourth-place finisher Sam Crouser (Gresham, Oregon) makes the team along with Sean Furey (Methuen, Massachusetts), who placed 11th. Defending Trials champion Sam Humphreys (Laredo, Texas) finished fifth with a best of 76.00m/249-4.

Steeplers begin action with American record holders cruising through

American record holder Emma Coburn (Crested Butte, Colorado) led qualifiers to the final with a comfortable 9:35.28 in the third heat over Megan Rolland (Boise, Idaho), who finished in 9:37.90. Heat winners also included Bridget Franek (Eugene, Oregon) in 9:39.93 ahead of NCAA champion Courtney Frerichs (Albuquerque, New Mexico) with a 9:40.98 and Leah O’Connor (East Lansing, Michigan) with a 9:35.7 in front of Stephanie Garcia (Greenville, South Carolina), who qualified in 9:35.95.

On the men’s side, Donn Cabral (Clinton, New Jersey) posted an 8:26.96 in heat one to lead the field of qualifiers for the final over Andrew Bayer (Fort Wayne, Indiana), who finished in 8:27.66, and Stanley Kebenei (Fayetteville, Arkansas), who finished in 8:28.84. The other heat winner was American record holder Evan Jager (Portland, Oregon) in 8:33.73 ahead of NCAA champion Mason Ferlic (8:34.45) and Hillary Bor (8:34.48).

One-and-done for Orji in women’s triple jump

Qualifying for the final was paced by a 14.17m/46-6 performance from American record holder Keturah Orji (Mount Olive, New Jersey), the lone jumper to surpass the automatic qualifying standard of 14.15m. 2012 Olympic Trials winner Amanda Smock (Minneapolis) was the 11th qualifier among the 12 advancing to the final.

Men’s 5000m set up to be a showdown

Both heats produced similar results with William Kincaid (Littleton, Colorado) clocking 13:47.86 in heat one less than a stride ahead of Ryan Hill’s (Hickory, North Carolina) 13:47.89 with Ben True (Hanover, New Hampshire) third in 13:48.11. Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Arizona) led the charge in the second heat with a 13:48.36 ahead of a 13:48.48 by Lopez Lomong (Lake Oswego, Oregon) and 13:48.63 from Eric Jenkins (Portsmouth, New Hampshire). Olympic Trials Marathon and 10,000 champion Galen Rupp (Portland, Oregon) advanced to the final as he finished sixth in the second heat with a 13:49.50.

Track & field events continue July 6 and run through July 10 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The NBC family of networks will be broadcasting action from the Olympic Trials live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. USATF.TV will then air The Cool Down live from Hayward Field each day after the end of the NBC broadcasts. Fans can follow along with the U.S Olympic Trials - Track & Field on social media by using #TrackTown16 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

#TrackTown16 TV/Webcast Schedule


Time (ET)


Key Events

Thurs, July 7

6:30-8 p.m.

Live Extra

Women’s 5000m | STREAM


8-11 p.m.


Women’s steeplechase, shot put | STREAM

Fri, July 8

6-8 p.m.


Men’s discus | STREAM


8-9 p.m.


100m hurdles, Men’s steeple | STREAM

Sat, July 9

6:30-8 p.m.

Live Extra

Men’s triple jump | STREAM


8-9 p.m.


110m hurdles, Men’s 200m, 5000m | STREAM

Sun, July 10

4:45-6 p.m.

Live Extra

Women’s pole vault | STREAM


7-8:30 p.m.


1500m, Women’s 200m | STREAM

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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