UF Athletes Advance At U.S. Trials; Clark Makes Olympics

Hazel Clark finished third in the 800m to secure a spot in the 2004 U.S. Olympics at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Track & Field Trials on Monday at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex.

Clark ran a time of 2:00.37 in the 800m to finish third in the 800m. Clark won the U.S. Trials in 2000.

Erin Gilreath qualified with the best throw in the hammer throw in leading several current and former University of

Florida athletes into the final round of competition.

Gilreath posted the top mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 67.93m/222-10, which was the best throw of the day by more than four feet. LaQuanda Cotton also advanced to the semifinals round on Thursday with a throw of 62.08/203-08. Jukina Dickerson also competed in the event, but finished 14th with a throw of 61.56/202-00.

Jernae Wright, who qualified in the long jump, posted the fourth best mark with a leap of 21-01.50 and will compete in the finals on Thursday, July 15.

Rachel Longfors, who set a UF record at the 2004 Trials, finished 13th in the women's discus with a throw of 52.23/171-04.

The U.S. Olympic Trials continue through July 18. Live results can be found at www.usatf.org