EUGENE, Ore. – Arkansas Lady Razorbacks Dacia Barr, April Steiner Bennett and Christin Wurth-Thomas advanced to the next rounds in their respective events on day five of the U.S. Olympic Trials at Oregon’s Hayward Field on Thursday.
Barr, competing in the 1,500 meters, advanced on time after finishing seventh in her heat and 23rd overall. She clocked a time of 4:19.51. Barr led for most of her race but got cut off with about 200 meters to go and slowed up dramatically. Dropping to the back of the pack, she still managed to earn a time qualifier.
"I need to take a step back and re-evaluate my racing tactics," Barr said. "I didn’t want to take the lead but Coach (Harter) told me I probably will need to because the pace was slow. I wasn’t ready to take the lead and it tired me out more than I thought it would. I have had some good workouts. I think today was just a matter of getting rid of the cobwebs and back into race mode."
Wurth-Thomas recorded the fastest 1,500-meter qualifying time with a 4:13.40. She won her heat to automatically qualify for Friday’s semifinals.
"It felt easy today," Wurth-Thomas said. "We were kind of going so slow that it was almost uncomfortable. I am ready to go and am in the best shape of my life right now. I’m just ready to go because every round is different. I’ve had a great season so far and am having fun."
Steiner Bennett was one of three Lady’Backs competing in the pole vault. She cleared 14-1.25 to advance to Sunday’s final with a tie for first place. Katie Stripling, clearing 13-5.25, and Jodi Unger, unable to make a bar, did not advance to the final.
For complete results, an updated list of entries and a television schedule from the U.S. Olympic Trials, visit www.usatf.org. For information on the Lady’Backs at the Olympic Trials, visit www.ladybacks.com.