EUGENE, Ore. — A current competitor and two former Georgian competitors advanced to the next round in their respective events at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Friday.
Second year Matthew Boling finished second in her opening 200-meter race to automatically advance to the semi-finals. Former All-American Bulldog Keenon Laine earned two first-attempt clearances in the first round of the high jump to advance to the next round. Lynna Irby, who won an NCAA 400m outdoor title for the Lady Bulldogs, also notched eighth and final qualifying place for the 200m final.
Former NCAA long jump champion Keturah Orji advanced to the long jump final on Thursday after rising to the eighth fastest distance of the day. Morgann Leleux, who last won All-America honors in 2015, qualified for the pole vault final.
Four American Bulldogs have already minted their tickets. Last Sunday, Orji set a competitive triple jump record to win the US title in his sophomore year jasmine moore moved up to third place to qualify for her first Olympics after a sensational college season.
Former Georgia champion Garrett Scantling exploded to a career-high 8,647 points to win the US Championship and earn his maiden trip to the Games after finishing in a qualifying spot in 2016. Also, junior Elija godwin was sixth in the 400m final last weekend with a 44.94. He was named relay for the United States team earlier this week.
Eleven current Bulldogs and eight former Georgia stars will compete in their home country trials from June 18-27. The top three in each test event will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8, unless they have the required standard time in their event.
Boling, from Houston, Texas, accelerated to 20.47 to finish second in his race and automatically advance to the semi-final. Placing ninth overall in the opening round, Boling will race again on Saturday at 10:33 p.m. ET.
Laine, a native of Versailles, Ky., Opened by clearing 7 feet and Â¼ inch on his first try, then crossed the bar cleanly at a record height of 7-2.25, which put him in the 12 best qualified. He will jump in the final for a chance to go to Tokyo on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Also to be noted, senior Darius Carbin qualified for the high jump but did not compete due to injury.
Irby, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, finished fifth in the prelims of the 200m semi-final but managed to take eighth place overall to advance to the final with a season-best time of 22.45. Irby will now make the final at 10:24 pm on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, two current heptathletes – Anna room and Asya reynolds – and a former heptathlete and three-time NCAA event champion (Kendell Williams) will start their seven events at 4:15 p.m.
Results and test summaries will be available on georgiadogs.com. News and updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams are always available on Twitter / Instagram at @UGATrack.