June 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 10-day United States Track & Field Olympic Trials begin today and two Boilermakers, one current and one former, will vie for a trip to London. Geoff Davis, who recently finished up his junior season with the Old Gold and Black, will compete in the men’s high jump qualifiers on Saturday at 4:20 PT in Eugene, Ore., while Kara Patterson will compete in the women’s javelin next Friday, June 29, at 2:30 PT.
Davis is among 24 competitors in the high jump. He boasts the 16th-best qualifying mark with a height of 2.24m (7-04.25). A pair of other Big Ten jumpers will compete alongside Davis. Darius King of Indiana is in the mix as well as Jeffery Herron of Iowa. The three conference jumpers are very familiar with each other’s talents. At the Big Ten Indoor Championships this season, King took the gold medal and Davis finished second. Herron was not far behind finishing in fourth. At the conference outdoor championships, King finished second while Davis and Herron tied for third.
Jesse Williams and Erik Kynard, Jr., are among the favorites to represent Team USA for the 2012 Olympics. Williams has a qualifying mark of 2.37m (7-09.25) while Kynard’s mark is 2.34m (7-08.25). Kynard attends Kansas State University and defended his NCAA Outdoor National Title earlier this month by clearing 2.37m (7-09.25) in the finals.
Patterson, a 2009 Purdue graduate, has the second-best qualifying javelin mark for the trials. Patterson threw 60.36m (198-00) earlier this year. The top American qualifying mark for the trials is by Rachel Yurkovich who threw 61.06m (200-04). Patterson is the U.S. record holder in the event. On June 25, 2010, Patterson threw 66.67m (218’08) in Des Moines, Iowa. She will try to make her second Olympics appearance after she qualified for the 2008 games in Beijing, China. There, she finished 41st overall.
The track and field Olympic trials begin today and will continue through Sunday, July 1. Saturday, June 23, NBC will air live coverage of the action from 8-9 p.m. ET/PT. On Friday, June 29, NBC Sports Network will air live coverage from 6-9 p.m. ET. A full schedule of events, TV broadcasting information and results can be found at www.usatf.org or by clicking here.