Woodruff advances to men's javelin finals at U.S. Olympic Trials
June 26, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Ben Woodruff, who wrapped up his collegiate career at Long Beach State earlier this month, finished 12th overall in the men's javelin at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Woodruff advanced to Monday evening's final with a qualifying mark of 235-02 on his second attempt in the preliminary round. He then went on to finish 12th overall as his best throw in the finals came in at 215-07.
Earlier this year, Woodruff established a lifetime-best 243-02, which stands as a school and Big West Conference record. The Redondo Beach native is also the two-time defending Big West javelin champion and was named the 2012 Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year.
Former 49er Colin Dunbar also finished 12th out of 24 competitors in the men's hammer throw on June 21. He was three spots out of advancing to the final as his top mark of the day was 222-07. Dunbar was the 2011 USTFCCCA West Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year and the 2011 Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year.
Long Beach State's Matt Maldonado will be competing in the men's 1500m, starting at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Maldonado was an automatic qualifier with a time of 3:37.68.
Former 49er Randi Hicks, who is a provisional qualifier, is also slated to compete in the women's javelin on Friday, June 29 (2:30 p.m.).