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Thursday June 28, 2012Clement and Taylor Highlight Gator Performances on Day Six of U.S. Olympic Trials

Eugene, Ore.

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World Champions Kerron Clement (400-meter hurdles: 2007, 2009) and Christian Taylor (triple jump: 2011) won their respective preliminary rounds on the sixth day of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field, highlighting action for the Gators after a two-day break from competition at TrackTown USA.

 

Clement breezed through his heat of the 400-meter hurdles, winning in a season-best time of 49.37, hitting the Olympic A standard and turning in the top time of four preliminary heats. Clement advances to Fridayís semifinal round at 6:35 p.m. ET.

 

Taylor joined former Gator teammates Will Claye, the reigning IAAF World Indoor Champion, and current Florida junior and two-time NCAA Champion Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) on the runway, as the three battled to advance to the finals of the menís triple jump.

 

Taylor used his first jump of the day to advance to Saturdayís finals, leaping an astonishing 17.27m/56-8 to automatically advance to the final round of competition by surpassing the Olympic A standard of 17.20m/56-5.25.

 

Clayeís second jump of 16.80m/55-1.50 catapulted him from 11th to second, allowing him to pass on his final jump and advance to the finals. Craddock used his second jump of 16.45m/53-11.75 to finish eighth overall and advance to Saturdayís final.

 

The triple jump trio will return to the runway at 7:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 30th for the chance to go to London. Both Claye and Taylor already own the Olympic A standard. Craddock will need to earn a podium finish and reach the A standard to claim a spot on the Team USA roster.

 

On Friday, Florida freshman Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) will compete in the qualifying round of the menís 200 meters, starting off action for the Gators at 4:45 p.m. ET. Clement will compete in the semifinals of the menís 400-meter hurdles at 6:35 p.m. ET before sophomore All-American and two-time SEC Indoor Champion Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) competes in the menís 110-meter hurdles at 7:05 p.m. ET.

 

In the lone final for the Gators on Friday, former Gator distance runner Mason Cathey will race in the finals of the womenís 3,000-meter steeplechase at 7:45 p.m. ET after running a personal best 9:47.32 in the preliminary round on Monday evening. Cathey, Clement and Lovettís races will all be featured on the NBC Sports Networkís broadcast, beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Friday.

 

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)

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Menís Triple Jump Ė Qualifying

1.             Christian Taylor, 17.27m/56-8 (+1.5)q

2.             Will Claye, 16.80m/55-1.50 (+1.7)q

8.             Omar Craddock, 16.45m/53-11.75 (+0.8)q

 

Menís Discus Throw Ė Final

8.             Westley Stockbarger, 59.19m/194-3

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Womenís 1,500 Meters Ė Qualifying

25.          Cory McGee, 4:17.76

 

Menís 400-Meter Hurdles Ė Qualifying

1.             Kerron Clement, 49.37Q

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE

Date

Time

Network

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

QUALIFYING STANDARD (ATHLETE 2012 MARK)

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

4:45 p.m.

Menís 200 Meters

Qualifying

Dedric Dukes

A: 20.55; B: 20.65

(Dukes: 20.47)

6:35 p.m.

Menís 400-Meter Hurdles

Semi-Finals

Kerron Clement

A: 49.50; B: 49.80

(Clement: 49.66)

7:05 p.m.

Menís 110-Meter Hurdles

Qualifying

Eddie Lovett

A: 13.52; B: 13.60

(Lovett: 13.54)

7:45 p.m.

Womenís 3,000-Meter Steeplechase

Final

Mason Cathey

A: 9:43.00; B: 9:48.00

(Cathey: 9:47.32)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

7:20 p.m.

Menís 110-Meter Hurdles

Semi-Finals

Eddie Lovett

A: 13.52; B: 13.60

(Lovett: 13.54)

7:40 p.m.

Menís Triple Jump

Final

Will Claye, Omar Craddock, Christian Taylor

A: 17.20m; B: 16.85m

(Claye: 17.48m, Craddock: 16.71m, Taylor: 17.62m)

9:00 p.m.

Menís 200 Meters

Semi-Finals

Dedric Dukes

A: 20.55; B: 20.65

(Dukes: 20.47)

9:40 p.m.

Menís 110-Meter Hurdles

Final

Eddie Lovett

A: 13.52; B: 13.60 (Lovett: 13.54)

SUNDAY, JULY 1

7:12 p.m.

Menís 400-Meter Hurdles

Final

Kerron Clement

A: 49.50; B: 49.80

(Clement: 49.66)

7:50 p.m.

Menís 200 Meters

Final

Dedric Dukes

A: 20.55; B: 20.65

(Dukes: 20.47)

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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