June 21, 2012
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The 2012 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials got under way Thursday in Oregon. While the rest of the nine-day event will be contested at Hayward Field in Eugene, day one's sole focus was on the hammer throw competitions held at the Nike World Headquarters.
Taking part in an event promoted as "Hammertime" to give more attention to the implement and its throwers, former Tennessee All-American Garland Porter stepped into the cage for his second Olympic Trials appearance. After finishing 12th in 2008, he wound up seventh this time around, carding a toss of 232 feet, 11 inches with his fifth attempt.
Kevin Becker, a graduate teaching assistant at Tennessee who, like Porter, trains with Tennessee throws coach John Frazier, placed 11th with an effort of 223-2. He was 20th at the 2008 Trials.
Thurs., June 21
Hammer Throw Final: 7. Garland Porter, 232-11/71.01m
* - Former UT student-athlete, ! - personal record, Adv. - Advanced to next round, DNA - did not advance, DNF - did not finish, DNS - did not start, DQ - disqualified, F- foul, fr - facility record, FS - false start, h - heat, m - meters, mr - meet record, NM - no mark registered, NH - no height registered, p - preliminary round, sr - school record, utfr - UT freshman record, w - wind-aided