CSU to host former Rams all-stars at Otterbox send-off event
June 11, 2012
**Due to smoke from the High Park Fire, the meet and greet portion of today's event has been cancelled. The throwing events will still take place as scheduled at 4:30 p.m.
By Danielle Marshall
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track & field program and Otterbox are teaming up to send the Rams’ Olympic hopefuls off with confidence Wednesday at Jack Christiansen Track before they head to the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., beginning June 21.
The event will include a “meet and greet” beginning at 3 p.m. MT, followed by throwing events at 4:30 p.m.
Five former CSU standouts, all of which are multiple-time All-Americans, will be in attendance: Casey Malone (discus), Drew Loftin (hammer), Janay DeLoach (long jump), Brian Trainor (discus) and Loree Smith (hammer).
Malone is hoping to qualify for his third Olympics after appearances in 2004 and 2008. In 2004 he was the only American to advance to the finals, finishing sixth in the Athens games. He most recently placed fifth at the IAAF World Championships in 2010.
After a brief hiatus to focus on graduate school and his career, Loftin returned to training in the hammer throw in 2009. In the past two years, the CSU Hall of Fame inductee has placed third and fourth in the USA outdoor championships. This will be his second time competing at the Olympic trials. He finished 12th in the hammer in 2004.
CSU’s most recent graduate on the list, DeLoach, is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in the long jump. A volunteer assistant coach for the Rams, DeLoach was the long jump champion at the USA championships in 2011 and 2012. She also won a silver medal at the IAAF World Championships earlier this year.
Trainor, a Northern Colorado Realtor and father of two, looks to improve upon his top distance this year and earn a top three spot at the Olympic trials. In 2008 Trainor threw a personal best of 211 feet, which was the sixth best in the United States at the time.
Loree Smith is looking to qualify for her second Olympic games after competing in Beijing in 2008. One of just two women to ever win a national title for the Rams, Smith holds the sixth spot for best throw by an American.
Otterbox is sponsoring DeLoach, Loftin and Trainor in their journey for the gold in the London games.