A trio of high school athletes – discus thrower Shelbi Vaughan
, 800-meter runner Ajee Wilson
and 400 runner Aldrich Bailey
– advanced from the opening round of the Olympic Track and Field Trials Friday at the University of Oregon. Two of them look like they might have a shot of making the Olympic team.
Vaughan, who just broke the national high school record last week in the USA Junior Nationals, had the fourth best toss Friday with a mark of 193 feet, 9 inches. It was well behind leader Stephanie Brown Trafton (206-1), who was the only athlete to break the 200-foot barrier.
Vaughan, who just graduated from Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, Texas)
, fouled her first attempt, went 183-3 in the second round before her top mark of the day. It wasn't as long as her national high school best of 198-9 last week at Indiana University. She is one of 12 competitors to advance to Sunday's 3:05 p.m. (PDT) finals.
Wilson, a graduate of Neptune (N.J.)
, placed second in her heat which automatically advanced her into the semifinals. Her time of 2 minutes, 3.63 seconds was 15th out of 32 runners and a second off her personal best. The 800 semifinals are slated for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Two more prep girls in the event failed to advance. National high school record holder Amy Weissenbach, of Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)
, placed fifth in her heat in 2:06.46 and failed to move on. Incoming Bronxville (N.Y.)
junior Mary Cain
also placed fifth in her heat in 2:04.11.
Bailey, who just graduated from Mansfield Timberview (Arlington, Texas)
, finished third in his heat but his 45.59 time was the fifth best of the day. LaShawn Merritt, the No. 1 seed coming in, won the heat in 45.36 – the best time of the day – and USC standout Bryshon Neilum (45.58) barely edged Bailey at the line. Saturday's semifinals are scheduled for 5 p.m.
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