(PHOTO) Sam Crouser of Oregon finishes second in the javelin in an American junior record of 265-1 (80.80m) in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
In a spirited competition on a rainy evening before 21,626 fans at Historic Hayward Field, Crouser saved his best throw for last, setting a personal-best 265-1/80.80m to move from seventh to second and claim the silver medal.
"I'm pretty happy; I had a 10-foot PR and I'm really excited," said Crouser, whose throw ranked as the second-best in school history.
The Gresham, Ore., native was runner-up only to Texas A&M's Sam Humphreys, who won at 268-7/81.86m.
Also in the javelin, Duck alum Cyrus Hostetler made his first Olympic team despite a fifth-place finish in the event. Being one of only three Americans in the final with the Olympic "A" standard, Hostetler's throw of 254-8/77.63m was good enough for a ticket to London.
"I am definitely looking forward to London," said Hostetler. "I want to prove that this is a fluke. I've been working hard all year and I'm excited to perform on an international stage."
Former Duck Justin Frick set a personal best in the high jump by tying for fifth with a clearance at 7-4.5/2.25m. He cleared 7-0.5 and 7-2.5 before his best height.
Elijah Greer wrapped up his junior season in the finals of the men's 800 meters, where the Lake Oswego, Ore., native placed sixth in 1:45.40.
"I tried to run as hard as I could," said Greer. "Coach told me to run how I felt and that's what I did today."
In the finals of the women's triple jump, Oregon's Lauryn Newson finished seventh with a jump of 43-2.25/13.16m. The senior from Richmond, Calif., who was competing in just her fifth career triple jump, set the school record in the qualifying round on Friday by leaping 44-4.25/13.52m.
"I wasn't expecting any of this," said Newson. "That's why I can have a bad jump and still have a smile on my face. It's really exciting to find out how much father I can go."
In qualifying round action, former Duck Galen Rupp made it through safely by finishing second in his heat of the men's 5,000 in 13:46.82. Current UO sophomore Trevor Dunbar was third in the same heat in 13:49.19 and also advanced to the final.
"I felt confident coming in," said the Kodiak, Alaska, native. "I knew I had a good chance to make the finals. My speed was good and I felt rested.
"I have to go out and represent Oregon, that's what we're out here to do. It's all about executing and performing; that's what wearing an Oregon jersey is all about."
Crouser Claims Silver Medal
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