A total of seven Colorado State current and former student-athletes will represent the Rams at the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials at Sacramento State over the next two weeks. The trials, which will qualify athletes for the Olympics in Athens, Greece, takes place July 9-18 in Sacramento.
Junior Loree Smith is declared and seeded ninth in the womenís hammer with her record-breaking throw of 220-0. Earlier this year, she earned All-American honors after placing sixth at the NCAA Championships. Qualifying is Monday, July 12 at 2:30 (Pacific), while the finals are Thursday, July 15 at 7:45 p.m.
Senior John Woods is seeded 20th in the menís 200 meters and he also earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championship after placing eighth. His declaration is still pending, but the qualifying round is at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16.
The Rams will be represented well in the menís discus by two former standouts. Casey Malone, the 1998 NCAA Champion and school record holder, is declared and seeded second for the trials after representing the United States at last yearís World Championships. Seeded eighth is former All-American Brian Trainor, who still trains in Fort Collins with coach Brian Bedard. The menís discus qualifying round is at 5:00 on July 16, while the finals are at 3:05 on Sunday, July 18.
Ten-time All-American and the 2001 NCAA Champion in the 1500 meters, Bryan Berryhill will compete in the 1500 meters and is seeded third. His quarterfinals are scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on July 15.
Megan Addy, who graduated in 2001, is declared and seeded seventh in the 400 meter hurdles and will run in the quarterfinals, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9 -- the first day of competition.
Drew Loftin, the school record holder in the hammer is declared and seeded ninth and has qualifying at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10th. Loftin graduated one-year-ago after earning All-American honors in both the discus and hammer.