June 22, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. -
The U.S. Olympic Trials opened on Friday, and the current and former Hoosiers in competition thrived. Molly Beckwith clocked the fastest preliminary time to advance in the women's 800, Kind Butler ran the fastest fourth-place time out of four heats to advance in the men's 400m, and Danielle Carruthers advanced in the 100m hurdles, taking second in her heat. Vera Neuenswander also advanced, in the pole vault, as the qualifying round was called off due to weather, advancing the entire field to Sunday's final round.
Beckwith's time of 2:00.61 won the third heat and was the fastest out of the four qualifying heats. She beat Phoebe Wright of Nike by .23 to win her heat. The top six finishers in her heat all advanced to the final. Beckwith, a 2010 IU graduate, runs for Saucony and trains in Bloomington with IU head coach Ron Helmer.
Butler clocked a time of 45.67 for fourth in the fourth heat of qualifying. He advanced based on time and had the eighth-best time out of the four heats. Butler just graduated from IU and is competing for the Hoosiers at the Trials. Butler will run in the second of two semifinals at 8 p.m. ET tomorrow out of lane two. IU alum David Neville ran 46.70 for 24th and IU's Chris Vaughn ran 47.07 for 26th. Neither Neville nor Vaughn will advance to the semifinals.
Carruthers ran 12.88 for second in heat two of the hurdles. She had the fourth-fastest time overall out of the five heats. Carruthers runs for Nike and is a 2003 IU grad. She will run in the semifinals at 6:15 p.m. ET tomorrow.
In the women's pole vault, rainy conditions called for the qualifying round to be postponed, so IU alum Vera Neuenswander will head to the finals on Sunday. The 2011 IU alum who still trains in Bloomington with IU pole vault coach Jake Wiseman will jump at 5:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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