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Sunday June 24, 2012London Bound! McQuay Races to Silver in 400

Eugene, Ore.

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Junior Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) will represent the United States in London, as the three-time NCAA Champion took home silver medalist honors in the menís 400 meters on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

 

McQuay turned in a personal-record and Florida school-record time of 44.49 on Sunday to finish just behind LaShawn Merritt, who ran a world-leading 44.12 to capture the top spot. McQuayís time is the third-fastest in the world this year, finishing in front of USCís Bryshon Nellum, who ran 44.80 to capture the third spot for London.

 

Former Gator NCAA Champion and All-American Will Claye also turned in a runner-up performance in the menís long jump, leaping an impressive 8.23m/27-0 (+2.3) to solidify his place on Team USA. It was Claye's sixth and final jump that earned him his spot representing the Red, White and Blue. Fellow Gator NCAA Champion and All-American Christian Taylor finished just outside medalist honors, placing fourth with his season-best jump of 8.12m/26-7.75.

 

Senior sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Park, Fla.) came in second in his menís 100 meters semifinal and fourth overall, racing to a 10.10 finish to automatically qualify for the final as the only collegian to advance. Demps finished seventh overall in 10.27 in the final.

 

The Gators have a light day tomorrow, as former Gator All-American Wes Stockbarger begins the qualifying rounds of the menís discus throw at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

Junior SEC Champion and NCAA runner-up Dwight Barbiasz (Milford, N.H.) will look to join Claye and McQuay in London as he competes in the finals of the menís high jump at 8:50 p.m. ET, kicking off NBCís primetime coverage on Monday evening. NBC Sports Network will go live from Eugene from 9-11 p.m. ET on Monday.

 

The NBC Sports Group presents unprecedented coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials as American athletes compete for a chance to take part in the London Games.

 

A total of 12 hours of live track and field coverage will be a part of a record 67.5 hours of total Olympic Team Trials coverage by NBC in 2012. Covered in prime time between NBC and the NBC Sports Network, the 12 hours of live coverage will span the course of eight days.

 

A full recap of each dayís events and results will be available on GatorZone.com. For news, schedules, events and the Facebook and Twitter feeds of the 2012 Olympic Trials, please log on to http://www.gotracktownusa.com/.

 

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U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS Ė TRACK & FIELD (JUNE 21-JULY 1, 2012 Ė EUGENE, OR)

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Menís Long Jump Ė FINALS

2.†††††††††††† Will Claye, 8.23m/27-0 (+2.3)

4.†††††††††††† Christian Taylor, 8.12m/26-7.75 (+1.1)

--†††††††††††† Marquis Dendy, FOUL

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Menís 100 Meters Ė SEMI-FINALS

4.†††††††††††† Jeff Demps, 10.10 (+1.4)

 

Menís 100 Meters Ė FINALS

7.†††††††††††† Jeff Demps, 10.27 (+1.8)

 

Menís 400 Meters Ė FINALS

2.†††††††††††† Tony McQuay, 44.49 (PR)

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE

Date

Time

Network

Monday, June 25th

9-11 p.m. ET/PT

NBCSN

Thursday, June 28th

9-11 p.m. ET/PT

NBCSN

Friday, June 29th

6-8 p.m. ET

NBCSN

Saturday, June 30th

9-10 p.m. ET/PT

NBC

Sunday, July 1st

7-8 p.m. ET/PT

NBC

 

2012 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ET)

TIME

EVENT

ROUND

FORMER/CURRENT GATORS COMPETING

MONDAY, JUNE 25

6:30 p.m.

Menís Discus Throw

Qualifying

Wes Stockbarger

8:50 p.m.

Menís High Jump

Final

Dwight Barbiasz

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Ė REST DAY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Ė REST DAY

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

6:50 p.m.

Womenís 1,500 Meters

Qualifying

Cory McGee

7:30 p.m.

Menís Triple Jump

Qualifying

Will Claye, Omar Craddock, Christian Taylor

9:00 p.m.

Menís 400-Meter Hurdles

Qualifying

Kerron Clement

9:05 p.m.

Menís Discus Throw

Final

Wes Stockbarger

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

4:45 p.m.

Menís 200 Meters

Qualifying

Dedric Dukes

6:35 p.m.

Menís 400-Meter Hurdles

Semi-Finals

Kerron Clement

6:45 p.m.

Womenís 1,500 Meters

Semi-Finals

Cory McGee

7:05 p.m.

Menís 110-Meter Hurdles

Qualifying

Eddie Lovett (P)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

7:20 p.m.

Menís 110-Meter Hurdles

Semi-Finals

Eddie Lovett (P)

7:40 p.m.

Menís Triple Jump

Final

Will Claye, Omar Craddock, Christian Taylor

9:00 p.m.

Menís 200 Meters

Semi-Finals

Dedric Dukes

9:40 p.m.

Menís 110-Meter Hurdles

Final

Eddie Lovett (P)

SUNDAY, JULY 1

7:12 p.m.

Menís 400-Meter Hurdles

Final

Kerron Clement

7:23

Womenís 1,500 Meters

Final

Cory McGee

7:50 p.m.

Menís 200 Meters

Final

Dedric Dukes

Blue Rows are Semi-Finals and are contingent upon advancing from Qualifying/First Round

Gray Rows are Finals and are contingent upon advancing from Trials/Semi-Finals

 

 

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