Jul 2, 2012 1:01 AM
Eugene, Ore. - University of Arizona Wildcat men's and women's track and field program ended the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials on a high note. Junior Georganne Moline, the lone competitor for Arizona on Sunday, ran in the final of the women's 400-meter hurdles. The meet was held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Moline earned a spot on Team USA for the London Olympic Games after taking second place in the 400-meter hurdles. She clocked a personal-best time of 54.33 and broke her own school record for the fourth time this season. Previously, the record was 54.72, set on Friday in the semifinal of the event. Her time of 54.33 is the fourth-best time in Pac-10/12 history and ranks as the fifth-best time in the world this year, No. 2 in the U.S.
"It went perfect," Moline said. "I couldn't have asked for a better race. I went out, just like I planned, attacking each hurdle and when I get to the 200-meter mark, that's when I have to go. I made my move and just kept strong. Everybody asks me if I'm afraid of the eighth hurdle, because that's the hurdle I fell on. If anything, that's the hurdle I want to kill, there's no way I'm afraid of that thing. It was so exciting and definitely a great race. I know how to run my race, I've run it plenty of times and I really trust what I do."
"There is no describing it, I've come so far mentally," Moline said. "I've gained this confidence I never had before. I trusted my coach and having people believe in me, my mom, my family, my friends and teammates, I've come so far."
Moline is one of three student-athletes from Arizona that will compete in London. Juniors Brigetta Barrett and Julie Labonté are also heading to the Olympics. Barrett will represent the U.S. in the women's high jump competition; she is currently tied for the second-best mark in the world. Labonté will represent Canada in the women's shot put competition. Volunteer assistant coaches Jill Camarena-Williams and Bernard Lagat will both represent the U.S. in the Olympics as well. Camarena-Williams will join Labonté in the shot put and Lagat will run in the men's 5,000-meter race. Additionally, Abdi Abdirahman, a former Wildcat, will compete in the marathon for Team USA at the Olympic Games.
(Courtesy: Arizona Athletics)