July 6, 2008
Eugene, Ore.- On the final day of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Michael Robertson became the fourth Stanford grad to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Robertson placed second in the discus to punch his ticket to his first Olympics.
Robertson, a 2007 Stanford grad had a toss of 209-01 to finish second. He will join Stanford grads Jillian Camarena (shot put), Ian Dobson (5,000 meters), and Erica McLain (triple jump) on the U.S. Olympic Team.
"I'm relieved," said Robertson of his accomplishment. "After a year of this being my primary concern, my primary goal ... I've centered my life around this. I finally made it. It's a relief more than anything. The rest will start sinking in over the next few days."
Also competing for Stanford were Gabe Jennings in the men's 1,500 meters and Sara Hall in the women's 1,500 meters.
Jennings attempted to push the pace by taking over the lead after 400 meters, but could not hold the pace on a windy day at Hayward Field and finished 12th with a time of 3:47.92. Jennings did not have the Olympic `A' Standard so he needed a quick pace in order to accomplish the standard and be eligible for the Olympic Team.
In the women's 1,500 meters, Hall finished ninth with a time of 4:16.79. Hall also lacked the Olympic `A' Standard, but could not manage to stay with the leaders. She will be forced to be the No. 1 cheerleader of her husband Ryan Hall, also a Stanford grad, who will compete in Beijing in the men's marathon.
It was a busy week in Eugene with 21 current and former Cardinal athletes competing in the trials. The four Stanford alums, plus Hall will now have a chance to represent the United States at the 44th Olympic Games.