Roberts Set For U.S. Olympic Trials
Gil Roberts will look to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon.
June 21, 2012
EUGENE, Oregon - Six-time All-American sprinter Gil Roberts will set out to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team this weekend as he competes at the U.S. Olympic Trials beginning tomorrow at the University of Oregon.
Roberts will look to qualify in the 400 meter dash after finishing third in the event at the NCAA Championships and ending his decorated Red Raider career with first team All-American honors earlier this month.
"I'm really hopeful," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I know he is prepared and healthier than he was at the NCAAs so I'm really feeling positive for him. If he will just come in here and run smart races, there is no reason that he cannot be on the U.S. Team. I really have that much confidence in him."
The first round of the 400 meter dash is scheduled for Friday at 5:10 p.m. CT with the top 16 finishers advancing to Saturday's semifinals.
Roberts will run in heat four of the first round with the top-three finishers from each heat plus the next four fastest times advancing to the semifinals.
Roberts is the U.S. Indoor 400 Meter Champion after claiming the title with a first place finish at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships in February with a time of 45.39. Roberts then anchored the U.S. Indoor 4x400 relay to a gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in March.
The Oklahoma City native ran a personal-best and school record mark of 44.84 in the preliminaries of the NCAA Championships before finishing third in the finals.