Six 49ers head to U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials
June 20, 2012
LONG BEACH - Six current and former 49ers are headed to the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 21-July 1. The top three finishers in each event will earn a spot on the U.S. team for the 2012 London Olympics that run from July 27-Aug. 12.
Matt Maldonado, who will be a senior at Long Beach State in 2012-13, was an automatic qualifier in the men's 1500m with a time of 3:37.68. He will compete in the qualifying round on Thursday, June 28, at 4:20 p.m. The semifinals are scheduled for June 29 (4:25 p.m.) and the finals will take place on July 1 (4:37 p.m.).
In 2011-12, Maldonado redshirted the outdoor season, but was a second-team All-American and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion in the indoor mile. He was the first 49er in program history to run a sub-four mile with a lifetime-best 3:59.08 at the MPSF Indoor Championships.
Tyler Wallace (men's pole vault), Ben Woodruff (men's javelin) and Chris Lawson (400m hurdles), who all recently graduated in May, posted provisional qualifying marks for the U.S. Trials. Wallace's height of 5.50m (18-00.50) in the pole vault and Woodruff's distance of 74.12m (243-02) in the javelin put them in the top 24 in their respective events. Woodruff was named the 2012 Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year after defending his title at the conference championships.
Lawson's time of 50.66 in the 400m hurdles is currently outside of the top 24, but he could move up the rankings with scratches.
Colin Dunbar, who completed his eligibility at Long Beach State in 2011, has been accepted and declared for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the hammer throw, which is slated to start at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The top nine from the trials will advance to the finals at 5:15 p.m. The hammer throw will be held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Dunbar was the 2011 Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year and the USTFCCCA West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year. He led the 49ers to the conference title by personally accounting for 28 points. Dunbar was the Big West champion in the hammer and discus. He was also a second-team All-American in the hammer and earned honorable mention recognition in the discus.
Randi Hicks, who also wrapped up her collegiate career in 2011, is a provisional qualifier in the women's javelin with a mark of 52.78m (173-02). Hicks was a two-time All-American at LBSU and currently holds the school and Big West record.