GAINESVILLE -- To go along with the post on Jeffrey Demps (the post below this one), SEVERAL former UF track stars compete tonight in finals and semifinals of the US Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. (Not just the football player I wrote about first, as someone so kindly brought to my attention. Because, apparently, not everyone thinks about football first. There ARE some track lovers out there.)
ANYWAY, it should be exciting (for something that's not football). NBC will air coverage of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials between 7-8 p.m. The sports world is pretty slow these days, so it's at least worth mentioning.
Former UF track star Kerron Clement (LaPorte, Texas) has advanced to the final of the men's 400-meter hurdles, which is scheduled for 7:17 p.m. Clement placed first in his semifinals heat with a time of 48.20.
"It is very important to win your semifinals because it gets you a good lane in the finals," Clement said. "It felt really good. Everybody wants to win their heat with a good time."
The Gators have two connections in the 100-meter dash. As mentioned below, Jeffrey Demps is an incoming freshman on the UF football team. The other UF representative will be former Florida track standout John Capel (Brooksville, Fla.), who finished 11th in the qualifying round (10.16 seconds). The finals take place at 7:49 p.m. today. The semifinals (Demps vs. Capel!) take places 5:30 p.m.
Also competing this evening is former UF thrower Rachel Longfors (Erhad, Minn.). She finished eighth in the discus qualifying to advance. The discus finals begin at 6:15 p.m. today.
Another former Gator, Hazel Clark (Livingston, N.J.) competes in the final of the 800-meter run at 11:15 p.m. on Monday.
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