Merritt Wins 110mH, Qualifies for Olympics
Aries Merritt

June 30, 2012


EUGENE, Ore. -- One more former Tennessee student-athlete will be representing the U.S. in London this summer, bringing the count of U.S. Track & Field Olympians with ties to Tennessee to four.

Aries Merritt is going to the Olympics after winning the final of the 110m hurdles. Merritt finished in 12.93, one-hundredth of a second behind the meet record. Merritt joins other former Vols Justin Gatlin (100m), Tianna Madison (100m), and DeeDee Trotter (400m) on the U.S. Olympic team. Merritt finished the semifinals earlier today in 13.01, earning second place overall and first place in his heat.

Former Lady Vol Tianna Madison will not be competing in the 200m in London, after finishing sixth in the final with a time of 22.50. She has made the team for the 100m dash, after finishing second in that event.

Alisa Harvey, who competed for Tennessee in the mid-1980s, ran in the master's division 400m dash today. She finished seventh, in a time of 1:01.74.

Tomorrow is the final day of Olympic Trials at Hayward Field, with one former Lady Vol competing. Sarah Bowman will be running in the 1500m final after qualifying in the semifinals yesterday.


Former Lady Vol Patricia Hall did not finish the 400m semifinal at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. She finished the qualifying round in ninth place, finishing in a time of 52.40.


Sat., June 30

200m Final: 6. Tianna Madison *, 22.50
400m Masters: 7. Alisa Harvey *, 61.74

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. Sarah Bowman *, 4:10.65p/5th, ht. 2 (11th), DNA - Phoebe Wright *, 4:13.65p/9th, ht. 2 (21th)

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)


Sat., June 30

110m Hurdles Final: 1. Aries Merritt *, 12.93p (w: +1.2)
110m Hurdles Semifinal: Adv. Aries Merritt *, 13.01 (w: +1.2)

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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