Posted on June 18, 2021
Here’s a link to Day One Results.
Some of those competing are long shots to actually make the team, but a surprisingly large number are ranked in the top 10 in their respective events.
Regardless of where they finish, the experience they all gain will be helpful in their development as elite track and field athletes.
Needless to say, there are many former athletes from the Conference of Champions competing in the Trials as well.
In keeping with our Pac-12 coverage this season, however, we have limited our list to those who have eligibility remaining or who completed their collegiate careers in 2021.
In most cases, the top three finishers at the Trials will be on the U.S. Olympic Team, but there will be exceptions as some top finishers may not have recorded an Olympic qualifying time or mark.
Depending on the world rankings, some athletes who have the Olympic standard, but finish lower than third could make the team.
Here is the list by school with the athlete’s entry mark and their rank among entrants in their event. Below the listing is an analysis of which of these athletes have the best chance to go to Tokyo.
(Note: Cal’s standout hammer thrower Camryn Rogers is a Canadian.)
|Jordan Geist||Shot Put||21.59m||7|
|Justice Summerset||High Jump||2.25m||16|
|Shannoon Meisberger||400 Hurdles||55.70||9|
|Samantha Noennig||Shot Put||18.25m||15|
Arizona State Athletes
|Jamar Marshall||110 Hurdles||13.49||17|
|Kentre Patterson||110 Hurdles||13.56||20|
|Madison Boreman||3000 Steeple||9:48.09||32|
|Isaiah Griffith||Triple Jump||16.68m||5|
|Jonathan Harvey||400 Hurdles||49.64||16|
|Jackson Mestler||3000 Steeple||8:27.65||13|
|Ben Milligan||High Jump||2.25m||16|
|Rhesa Foster||Long Jump||6.57m||20|
|Alysah Hickey||Long Jump||6.59m||18|
|Dominique Ruotolo||Triple Jump||13.66m||10|
Oregon State Athlete
|Kaylee Mitchell||3000 Steeple||9:48.30||33|
|McKay Johnson||Shot Put||21.45m||8|
|Matthew Katnick||Shot Put||20.76m||13|
|Cameron Samuel||400 Hurdles||48.68||6|
|Earnie Sears||High Jump||2.30m||6|
|Anna Cockrell||100 Hurdles||12.54||4|
|Anna Cockrell||400 Hurdles||54.68||5|
|Morgan Smalls||High Jump||1.91m||8|
|Harrison Schrage||Long Jump||7.97m||18|
|Shae Anderson||400 Hurdles||55.21||7|
|Cass Elliott||400 Hurdles||50.07||25|
|Jonah Wilson||Shot Put||20.08m||18|
|Katie Rainsberger||3000 Steeple||9:32.12||11|
Washington State Athlete
Anyone above a number 12 ranking would do well to make it to the finals in their event.
The other athletes I have assigned to one of three groups, Great Chance, Legitimate Shot, and It Could Happen.
Anna Cockrell, USC — She is in great shape and running really well in both hurdle races. These are “rhythm events” and she has a very good rhythm and great confidence after NCAAs. Her chances are likely better in the 100 Hurdles.
TeeTee Terry, USC — The women’s sprint races are loaded with talented runners. But Terry has had a great season in the 100, and apart from Sha Carrie Richardson she has as good a chance as anyone.
Turner Washington, ASU — The top five men in the discus competition are separated by just a few feet.
Washington passed on the shot at the Trials in order to concentrate on the discus. Good decision, and I believe he will win the event.
Isaiah Jewett, USC — The Trojan senior comes in as the number four 800 runner which should give him a very good chance to go top three.
The problem is that the three guys above him are in the top ten in the world. If one of them slips up, Jewett could make it.
Cole Hocker & Cooper Teare, Oregon — The two Duck runners are tough to handicap.
Hocker will be up against runners like Matthew Centrowitz and Craig Engels in the 1500, and Teare, and Hocker will face the likes of Lopez Lomong and Paul Chelimo in the 5000.
Hocker and Teare faced tough competition at NCAAs and performed beautifully. And the Hayward crowd will be rooting hard for them.
It reminds me of the 2000 Trials when Stanford’s Gabe Jennings and Michael Stember made the U.S. team.
It Could Happen
Angie Annelus, USC — The Trojan sprinter made the 2019 World Championship team so she is certainly capable. But she hasn’t had her best year to this point.
Still, she is only running the 200 while most of her competition will have to go through the rounds of the 100 meters and could be ripe for the picking.
Micah Williams, Oregon — Another hometown favorite in Eugene, Williams has an explosive start, but couldn’t quite hold off his fast finishing rivals at the NCAAs.
If he can deal with the pressure, which has to be tough for a college freshman, Williams has an outside shot.
Cameron Samuel, USC — Rai Benjamin and Sean Burrell should take the top two spots in the 400 Hurdles, but the third spot is wide open.
Samuel’s best time ranks him sixth, but a half-second is all that separates third from sixth. This is a race where most likely any of the finalists could grab that third place, including Samuel.
For more Olympic Trials coverage, visit our friends at Track & Field News.
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