June 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Buckeye Michael Hartfield turned in an impressive sixth-place finish in the long jump at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Ore., falling just short of the top-3 placement required to qualify for Team USA.
Hartfield, a native of Manchester, Conn., and the 2012 Big Ten outdoor champion in the long jump, peaked at 7.79m (25-6.75) on his third attempt. Marquis Goodwin (8.33m/27-4.00), William Gaye (8.23m/27 ft.), and George Kitchens Jr. (8.21m/26-11.25) claimed the three spots on the U.S. squad for the upcoming London games.
On Saturday, Matt DeChant finished 18th in the shot put prelims at 18.13m (59-5.75), wrapping up a stellar outdoor season that included a fifth-place finish at the NCAA championships. Reese Hoffa (21.22m/69-7.50), Christian Cantwell (20.25m/66-5.25), and Ryan Whiting (19.94m/65-5.00) will represent the United States in the event in London.
Cory Leslie and former Buckeye Brian Olinger take to the track in the 3000m steeplechase preliminary tomorrow evening at 8:25 p.m. ET.