Merritt Advances to 110mH Semifinals
Aries Merritt

June 29, 2012


EUGENE, Ore. -- m saw the end of her 2012 Olympic dreams, finishing fifth in her heat in the 400m hurdles semifinal. Her time of 55.87 put her in tenth place overall.

One former Lady Vol advanced into the finals of the 1500 meters. Sarah Bowman finished in 4:10.65, ending up fifth in her heat and eleventh overall. Phoebe Wright, who also competed in the 800m earlier this week, did not advance to the finals after finishing ninth in her heat. She finished in 4:13.65 to end up 21st overall. The finals in the event are on Sunday at 7:23 p.m. ET.

Former Vol Justin Gatlin, who is already qualified for the Olympics in the 100m dash, did not start the semifinal race of the 200m today. Madison, who is headed to London for the 100m, passed on all three of her preliminary jumps in the long jump. She did so because that event was being contested during the 200 meter semifinal and she wanted to devote her focus to that race and not risk injury in the long jump due to inadequate preparation.


Fri., June 29

200m Semifinal: Adv. Tianna Madison *, 22.33p/2nd, ht. 1 (4th)
400m Hurdles Semifinal: DNA - Ellen Wortham, 55.87p/5th, ht. 2 (10th)
1500m Semifinal: Adv. Phoebe Wright *, 4:16.29p/6th, ht. 3 (16th), Adv. Sarah Bowman *, 4:16.86p/3rd, ht. 1 (20th); DNA - Heidi Dahl, 4:27.68p/9th, ht. 3 (28th)

Thur., June 28

200m Qualifying: Adv. Tianna Madison *, 22.57p/1st, ht. 4 (1st)
400m Hurdles Qualifying: Adv. Ellen Wortham, 56.63p/2nd, ht. 4 (10th)
1500m Qualifying: Adv. Phoebe Wright *, 4:16.29p/6th, ht. 3 (16th), Adv. Sarah Bowman *, 4:16.86p/3rd, ht. 1 (20th); DNA - Heidi Dahl, 4:27.68p/9th, ht. 3 (28th)

Mon., June 25

800m Final: 5. Phoebe Wright *, 1:59.72
5000m Qualifying: DNA - Jackie Areson *, 16:11.19p/12th, ht. 1 (23rd)

Sun., June 24

400m Final: 2. DeeDee Trotter *, 50.02

Sat., June 23

100m Final: 2. Tianna Madison*, 10.96
100m Semifinal: Adv. Tianna Madison*, 10.96p (w: 1.4)/1st, ht. 3 (1st)
800m Semifinal: Adv.. Phoebe Wright*, 2:00.88p/3rd, ht. 1 (5th)
400m Semifinal: Adv. DeeDee Trotter*, 51.23p/2nd, ht. 1 (4th)

Fri., June 22

10,000m Final: 16. Liz Costello *, 32:53.31
100m First Round: Adv. Tianna Madison *, 11.10p (w: 0.5)/1st, ht. 1 (1st)
400m First Round: Adv. DeeDee Trotter *, 51.64p/1st, ht. 4 (2nd)
800m First Round: Adv. Phoebe Wright *, 2:00.83p/2nd, ht. 3 (2nd); DNA - Chanelle Price, 2:04.17p/4th, ht. 4 (19th); DNA - Erica Moore *, 2:04.44p/5th, ht. 4 (21st)


Fri., June 29

110m Hurdles Qualifying: Adv. Aries Merritt *, 13.13p (w: -1.6)/1st, ht. 1 (2nd)
200m Semifinal: DNS - Justin Gatlin *

Sun., June 24

100m Final: 1. Justin Gatlin *, 9.80! (w: 1.8)
100m Semifinal: Adv. Justin Gatlin *, 10.06p (w: 1.4)/1st, ht. 2 (3rd)

Sat., June 23

Decathlon (Final Day): 5. Chris Helwick*, 7,744 (14. 110mH, 15.30 (w: 0.8), 814 pts.; 5. Discus Throw, 143-1/43.61m, 738 pts.; 5. 16-0.75/4.90m, 880 pts.; 1. Javelin Throw, 224-3/68.37m, 865 pts.; 5. 1500m, 4:33.85, 720 pts.)
100m First Round: Adv., Justin Gatlin*, 9.90p (w: 1.7)/1st, ht. 5 (1st)

Fri., June 22

Decathlon (First Day): 13. Chris Helwick, 3,727 pts. (18. 100m, 11.49 (w: -0.2), 755 pts; 14. long jump, 22-3/6.78m w: (-0.6), 762 pts.; 4. shot put, 46-9/14.25m, 744 pts.; 8. high jump, 6-4/1.93m; 740 pts.; 17. 400m, 51.97, 726 pts.)

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





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