June 23, 2012
David Pachuta is one step closer to realizing his Olympic dream. The London-hopeful advanced to the 800m semifinals of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials yesterday in Eugene, Oregon. Harun Abda and Hassan Mead also competed in the trials, the latter even setting a new school record, but failed to qualify in their respective events.
Pachuta raced first in arguably the fastest heat of the day where six of the eight runners advanced. With a time of 1:47.14 the senior took second in his heat, making him an automatic qualifier for the semifinal. At the end of the day, Pachuta ranked sixth in the field of 16 that advanced.
Harun Abda ran in the fourth heat of the 800m and finished in fifth place, forcing him to wait until the end of the day to see if he qualified through time. With a time of 1:48.26, he missed the time qualification by a heartbreaking 0.29 seconds.
Later in the evening, Hassan Mead competed for his ticket to London in the 10,000m finals. Finishing with a time of 27:59.04 Mead set new school record, beating his own mark of 28:12.74 set at this season's Peyton Jordan Invitational. However, the time was not enough as Mead took 11th in the event to fall short.
The 10,000m was lead by Galen Rupp, the American record holder for 10,000m (26:48), 2008 Olympian in the event, and three time national champion, who once again took first with a time of 27:25.33.
Pachuta will continue his quest tonight at 6:45 p.m. CT. Once again drawing the first heat, he will compete side-by-side with eight-time USA National Champion Khadevis Robinson. To advance to the final round, runners must place in the top three of their heat or have one of the two next fastest overall times in the 800m races.
Fans interested in following the action can do so via the USA Track and Field website.