The Olympics in Beijing have been interesting to the world for a week. They’re about to turn more interesting locally, when three Three Texas State track and field athletes begin competing in their events.
Brigette Foster-Hylton will compete in the qualifying round of the women’s 100-meter hurdles for the island of Jamaica Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. (CDT). The finals will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 9:30 p.m.
Foster-Hylton qualified for the Jamaican team by winning the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 12.50 seconds at the Jamaica National Olympic Trials on June 29. She finished ahead of Deloreen Ennis-London, who was second in 12.57, and Vonette Dixon, who finished third in 12.71 seconds.
This marks the third time Foster-Hylton has qualified for the Olympic Games, as she also competed in the the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. She earned All-American honors after finishing third at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Foster-Hylton set a school and Southland Conference record of 13.13 seconds in 1998. She also is a two-time Southland Conference champion in the 100-meter hurdles and scored the most points as an individual at the 1998 SLC Championships with 33 points after winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes, along with the 100-meter hurdles. Foster-Hylton also holds the Southland Conference Championships meet record with a time of 13.19 seconds in 1998.
Last year, Foster-Hylton posted her career-best 400-meter hurdles time of 53.81 in her second-place finish at the Grace Jackson meet in Kingston. She also ran the first leg on the runner-up relay team that had a time of 43.55 in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2007 Penn Relays. Foster-Hylton also has the second-fastest Jamaican time this year in the 100-meter hurdles with 12.56 seconds on May 9 at the Doha Super Grand Prix.
Mike Hazle will compete in the men’s javelin for the United States after he finished second at the USA Olympic Trials. The qualifying round in the men’s javelin will begin at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. The finals of the men’s javelin will be at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23.
Hazle is enjoying his best season in 2008 after finished second at the USA Olympic Trials with a throw of 248-7 (75.76m). He also posted a new personal best throw of 274-9 (83.74 meters) in Athens, GA, on May 9.
He burst into the national limelight last year when he won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and posted a second-place finish at the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Hazle was the third Bobcat to compete in the Pan American Games, joining Scott Hennig and Roger Borbon. He also is one of two Texas State male track and field athletes to qualify for the IAAF World Championships.
While at Texas State, Hazle won the javelin throw at the 2002 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships and owns the third-longest throw in Bobcat track and field history with a mark of 236-5 (72.05 meters). Hazle owns three of the top 10 javelin throws in Texas State’s record books. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and business, along with a Master’s degree in sports management at Texas State.
In addition to Foster-Hylton and Hazle, Katya Kostetskaya is an alternate for the Russia’s Olympic Team after she just missed making the team by .003 seconds.
Kostetskaya posted a second-place finish in the 800 meters at the 2007 World University Games with a time of 1:59.52. She was a two-time All-American in the 400-meter hurdles and 800 meters at Texas State. Kostetskaya set three school records with a pair of indoor records in the 400- and 800-meter runs, and the 400-meter hurdles mark outdoors. She also boasts the second-fastest indoor time in the 60-meter hurdles, while she holds second-best outdoor times in the 800 meters, 1,000-meter hurdles and ranks fifth in the 400-meters outdoor.