Arizona native Will Claye and Arizona State alum Chris Benard were first and third in men’s triple jump qualifying Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Track Trials.
Each needed just one jump in Eugene, Oregon, to advance to the final at Hayward Field.
Claye, a two-time Olympic triple jump silver medalist, led qualifying at 16.85 meters/55-3 ½ with 2016 Olympian Benard jumping 16.55/54-3 ¾. Donald Scott was in between at 16.81/55-2.
In the men’s 100-meter first round, Ameer Webb of Phoenix and Chris Royster of Altis were 21st (10.21) and 25th (10.34), failing to make the semifinals. Webb was a 2016 Olympian in the 200.
ASU signee Justin Robinson finished 10th in the men’s 400 semifinals in 45.41. The 19-year-old will begin his Sun Devil career in 2021-22.
Galen Rupp finishes sixth in 10,000-meter at U.S. Olympic Track Trials
Galen Rupp finished sixth Friday night in the men’s 10,000-meter on opening day of the U.S. Olympic Track Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Rupp, already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, July 23-Aug. in the marathon, finished in 27:59.43 but failed to crack the top three for a second Olympics berth. He is coached by Northern Arizona track/cross country coach Mike Smith.
Former NAU runner Diego Estrada was 13th in the 10,000 (28:10.78) while another former Lumberjack, two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong did not finish. Lomong dropped out at the 4K mark.
In the only other final Friday, Arizona’s Jordan Geist was seventh in men’s shot put, throwing 20.80/68-3.
Arizona State signee Justin Robinson advanced to the men’s 400 semifinals, finishing eighth in the first round in 45.46. UA’s Johnnie Blockburger did not advance, running 46.75.
Lauren Paquette and Kellyn Taylor of NAZ Elite in Flagstaff made the women’s 5,000 final, finishing 12th and 15th in the first round in 15:36.59 and 15:40.29.
UA’s Israel Oloyede made the men’s hammer throw final with a best of 70.46/231-2.