David Oliver, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Howard University, finished fifth with a time of 13.17.
High-jumper Chaunte Lowe is headed to her third Olympics after clearing a height of 6 feet 7 inches and besting the field. The 28-year-old will try to improve on her sixth-place finish at the 2008 Summer Games. “This is the first time I’m going to the Olympics where I have a goal of winning the gold,” she said.
Second-place finisher Brigetta Barrett also jumped 6-7, followed by a familiar face. Amy Acuff didn’t compete in 2010 or ’11, but she placed third Saturday (6-3¾) and earned her way to a fifth Olympics.
The trials conclude Sunday with eight final events, including the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter races and the men’s 200.
Even though the Jamaican track and field trials are taking place more than 3,200 miles away, many American athletes couldn’t help but keep tabs on their international rivals this weekend. On Friday night, Yohan Blake beat world record-holder Usain Bolt in the 100 meters by 11 one-hundredths of a second. Back in Eugene, U.S. track stars were happy to learn that Bolt, the 2008 Olympics gold medalist, is mortal.
“It just proves to the world that he can be beat,” said sprinter Wallace Spearmon, who won his 200-meter heat and will compete in the finals Sunday afternoon.
As many as two dozen more Americans will earn their tickets Sunday to London, joining a group that grew by 15 Saturday at Hayward Field.
Triple-jumper Christian Taylor secured his spot on the Olympic team with a mark of 57-10¼. William Claye (57-7) finished second and will be the only other American triple jumper in London.
Heptathlete Hyleas Fountain will have a chance to improve on her silver medal-winning performance at the Beijing Games. She topped the field Saturday, finishing the trials with 6,419 points. She’ll be joined in London by Sharon Day (6,343) and Chantae McMillan (6,188).
In the 20-kilometer race walk Saturday morning, 19-year-old Trevor Barron set an American record and punched his ticket to London by finishing in 1 hour 23 minutes. He’ll be the only American competing in the event in London.