After a wild first four days and a needed two-day break (well at least for us media types), the US Olympic Trials resumed last night in Eugene, and the highlight was a dramatic women's steeple final in which Emma Coburn, Courtney Frerichs, and Val Constien became Olympians (Frerichs for the second time, and Coburn for the third time). The final three days will play out this weekend, beginning with this evening's action (running events begin at 5:04 p.m. ET).
There are still plenty of tasty finals on tap -- three of the four hurdle finals, the 200's, and of course the distance races: the men's steeple, 1500, and 5k, and the women's 800 and 10k.
Though the leadup to the meet last week was overshadowed by a certain doping case, the action on the track and in the field has shuffled that issue to the background (for now), allowing everyone to focus on the incredible stories playing out at Hayward Field, from Ryan Crouser's world record to Allyson Felix's timelessness to Donavan Brazier's heartbreak. All the highs and lows that make the Olympic Trials the greatest meet in America have been on full display. We can't wait for the last three days!
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Coburn won her seventh straight US title as she and Frerichs went 1-2 for the fifth straight year. The real drama lay in the battle for third, as Val Constien outlasted Leah Falland, who fell with just under two laps remaining.
The reigning Olympic champ Matthew Centrowitz and reigning US champ Craig Engels are both running great, but so are NCAA stars Cole Hocker and Yared Nuguse. And what about the high school star Hobbs Kessler? This could be the race of the meet.
Already twice at the Trials, BTC teammates have gone 1-2 in a distance race. Can they do it again in the men's 5000? Will Paul Chelimo make a 2nd straight team? Will current Oregon star Cooper Teare be a factor? What about former Oregon star Eric Jenkins?
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