Former Cal Poly star Maggie Vessey had a disappointing finish in the women’s 800 meters final, and former Cal Poly standout Ben Bruce finished second in his heat and second overall in the preliminaries of the men’s 3,000 steeplechase at the U.S. track and field trials Monday in Eugene, Ore.
Bruce finished in 8 minutes, 29.11 seconds, just behind the top overall finisher Daniel Huling’s 8:29.00.
“Let’s get this show on the road,” Bruce said in a statement released by USA Track and Field. “I don’t take a lot from the prelims. For some, the prelims are your final. Now that I’ve done it a bunch of times, I just want to get through the prelims and work for it in the final. It’s always good to get it over with. Some have nothing to gain from the prelims. It’s part of testing who people are though.”
Vessey had survived the tests in the women’s 800 preliminaries, qualifying sixth overall. But Monday, she finished last in the field in 2:03.44.
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Alysia Montano won the 800 in 1:59.08 to make the Olympic team. Vessey was runner-up to Montano at the U.S. outdoor championships for the past two seasons.
Geena Gall was second in 1:59.24, and Alice Schmidt was third in 1:59.46 for the two other spots on the U.S. team at the London Games.
Another former Cal Poly athlete, Aris Borjas, failed to qualify for the final in the men’s javelin preliminaries. Borjas finished ninth with a throw of 242 feet, 5 inches.
Sam Humphreys won the javelin with a throw of 268-7, but he doesn’t make the Olympic team because he doesn’t have the required “A” standard of 269 feet.
Runner-up Sam Crouser, with a throw of 265-1, also failed to make the team because he hadn’t thrown the standard.The United States will be represented by Craig Kinsley, Sean Furey and Cyrus Hostetler, who all have the standard. Kinsley finished third with a throw of 262-2. Furey was fourth with 255-5, and Hostetler was fifth with 254-8.
Nipomo’s Kara June finished last in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase preliminaries in a time of 10:32.98.
Also Monday, Jesse Williams, the reigning world champion in the high jump, finished fourth but still made the Olympic team.
Third-place finisher Nick Ross did not have the Olympic “A” standard of 7-7.
Jamie Nieto finished first in the high jump with a height of 7-53⁄4. Erik Kynard finished second, followed by Ross and Williams, who all also cleared the height.
Williams will be joined on the high jump squad by Nieto and Kynard.
Amanda Smock won the triple jump at 45-9 for a spot on the Olympic team.
Smock was the only athlete in the field with the “A” standard of 46-11, so she will be the lone representative at the Olympics.
Nick Symmonds won his fifth straight U.S. title in the men’s 800 meters, winning in 1:43.92.
Symmonds earned a spot on the U.S. team with runner-up Khadevis Robinson, who finished in 1:44.64, and Duane Solomon, who finished in 1:44.65.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.