June 20, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Boston College Track and Field greats Kasey Hill and Caroline King, in addition to current assistant coach Devotia Moore, descend on Track Town USA for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, held from Thursday, June 21 to Sunday, July 1 at Hayward Field. The entire meet will be broadcast live from Eugene, Ore. on NBC or NBCSN (schedule).
King (Scotia, N.Y.), an 800-meter All-American this past season, Hill (Manhattan, Kan.), a 2008 All-America honoree in the heptathlon, and Moore (Boston) compete for a chance to represent the Red, White and Blue at the 2012 London Olympic Games from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 12.
King, who earned her third All-American accolade in the half mile on June 8, and Moore will be the first Eagles to compete in Eugene, Ore. when the first of four rounds in the women’s 800 goes off on June 22 at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST). King, a middle-distance specialist produced a U.S. Olympic Trial provisional qualifier when she lowered her own school record to 2:03.03 in the NCAA semifinal. Since concluding a historic career at Duke, Moore has been competing around the country with the Greater Boston Track Club. Moore’s provisional standard of 2:03.45 came at the 2011 Boston Twilight Meet.
Half mile times of 2:01.30 or faster are considered automatic or “A” standards, while provisional or “B” standards come in under 2:05.90. The semifinal round will be conducted the following day at 4:30 p.m., with the finals slated for 6:50 p.m. on Monday, June 25.
Hill begins her second U.S. Olympic Trial. The native of Montgomery, Vt. competed for a spot in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games just weeks after being named the 2008 Nathaniel J. Hasenfus ’22 Eagle of the Year. Hill captured her second All-American award, an ACC championship and ECAC title in record-breaking fashion as a senior, before moving out to the Sunflower State to train and assist the track and field program at Kansas State.
The heptathlon “A” qualifier is set at 5,800 points and the “B” qualifier is 5,600 points. Hill brings a personal best of 5,664 points into the competition. The heptathlon begins on Friday, June 29 with the 100-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m.
The U.S. Olympic Trials is the largest national championship track meet in the world. More than 1,000 athletes compete for the right to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games. Hayward Field has previously hosted the trials in 1972, ’76, ’80 and 2008. USA Track & Field selects the top three finishers in each event to represent the country in each Olympic Games.
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