Eugene, Ore. – Former Texas State men’s track and field standout Mike Hazle advanced to the finals of the men’s javelin throw at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials Friday night. Hazle advanced to Sunday’s final with a throw of 247′ 11″.
Hazle had a the fourth-best overall throw with the second-best throw in the second round of the preliminaries. He opened the competition with a throw of 72.09 meters and posted his best mark of 75.57 meters (247’11”) on his second throw. Hazle passed on his third attempt and ended the day in fourth place.
Barry Krammes of the Shore Athletics Club had the best throw in the preliminary rounds with a mark of 259’1″, 78.97 meters. Christopher Hill had the second-best mark with a throw of 255 feet (77.72 meters), and Brian Chaput had a mark of 294′ 3″ (75.98 meters) to finish with the third-best throw.
Hazle, the Silver Medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games, was one of 24 competitors vying for the 12 spots in Sunday finals. The top three finishers automatically qualify for the USA Olympic Team if they have met the Olympic qualifying standard.
The men’s javelin throw final is schedule for Sunday at 6:15 p.m. central.
By RICHARD POULTER
Sports Information Director