June 25, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – Another day of action is in the books at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials as several former Arizona State University student-athletes advanced the their respective events on Monday evening in Eugene, Ore.
Alumnus Lisa Aguilera got things rolling at Hayward Field by advancing to the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Aguilera, the school record holder in the event, clocked a time of 9:51.02 to finish 11th overall in the prelim round of the event. Aguilera, an eight-time All-American as a Sun Devil, advanced to Friday’s final as the fastest of the four time qualifiers out of the opening rounds.
In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, alumnus Kyle Alcorn took third in the fast heat in a time of 8:29.27 to easily advance to Thursday’s final in the event. Alcorn was a two-time NCAA Champion - once in the indoor 3,000-meter run and once in the outdoor steeplechase - and is one of the prime contenders for a spot on this year’s London roster having already hit the ‘A’ Standard this season.
Alcorn still trains with ASU track and field assistant coach and head men's cross country coach Louie Quintana.
Rounding out the evening was former Sun Devil All-American Brandon Bethke in the 5,000-meter run. Bethke clocked the sixth-fastest time of the opening round in 13:45.21 to also easily advance to Thursday’s final in the event. While a Sun Devil, Bethke posted the top finish in ASU history at the NCAA Cross Country Championships after taking seventh in 2009 and was a two-time All-American on the track.
The Trials will now break for three days before resuming again on Thursday, June 25. There are still a couple Sun Devils left to compete in the event and, as always, you can track their progress by staying tuned in to www.TheSunDevils.com.