The University of Minnesota men's and women's track & field teams will be represented by seven athletes in the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Sacramento, Calif. The meet gets underway on Friday (July 9) and runs through July 18.
The Golden Gopher men's track & field team has five athletes competing. Mitch Potter and Adam Steele will compete in the 400-meter dash. The duo recently completed their collegiate careers at Minnesota and look to return to the U.S. team after helping the U.S. 4x400-meter relay to a gold medal at last summer's World Championships.
Karl Erickson will compete in two events at the Trials, the shot put and the discus. Erickson earned All-America honors in both events at the NCAA Championships in June.
Also competing is middle-distance runner Trent Riter in the 800-meter dash and Travis Brandstatter in the decathlon.
Two former Golden Gophers women will compete in field events, Monica Stearns in the pole vault and Shani Marks in the triple jump.
Following is the schedule of competition for the Minnesota athletes (all time Central):
Friday, July 9 Shot put (M) qualifying 8:10 p.m. Triple jump (W) qualifying 8:25 p.m. 800m (M) quarterfinal 9:20 p.m. Saturday, July 10 Shot put (M) finals 6:30 p.m. 800m (M) semi-final 8:10 p.m. Sunday, July 11 Triple jump (W) finals 3:30 p.m. 400m (M) quarter-final 5 p.m. Monday, July 12 800m (M) final 8:40 p.m. 400m (M) semi-final 10:25 p.m. Thursday, July 15 400m (M) final 9:50 p.m. Friday, July 16 Decathlon - Day 1 3:30 p.m. Discus (M) qualifying 6:30 p.m. Pole vault (W) qualifying 9 p.m. Saturday, July 17 Decathlon - Day 2 11 a.m. Sunday, July 18 Pole vault (W) final 4:30 p.m. Discus (M) final 5:05 p.m.
Both NBC and USA will provide live coverage of the Olympic Trials (Times are central):
Friday, July 9 10 p.m. - midnight USA Saturday, July 10 7 - 8 p.m. NBC Sunday, July 11 6 - 7 p.m. NBC Monday, July 12 9 p.m. - midnight USA Thursday, July 15 9 - 11 p.m. USA Friday, July 16 10 p.m. - midnight USA Saturday, July 17 4 - 5 p.m. NBC Sunday, July 18 6 - 8 p.m. NBC
Complete coverage of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials may be found on the USA Track & Field site: www.usatf.org/events/2004/OlympicTrials-TF/.