Anderson Makes 1,500m Final; Willis Wins Long Jump at Jamaican Trials
Willis will not compete in London, but still boasts the impressive accomplishment of winning the Trials title.

June 29, 2012

With just two days remaining in U.S. Olympic Trials, one former Golden Gopher's London dreams are still alive. Gabriele Anderson qualified for the final race of the 1,500 meters on Friday night. Current Gopher Todea-Kay Willis won the long jump at the Jamaican Olympic Trials, but will not compete in London. Her leap of 20-10 (6.37m) fell short of the Olympic 'B' standard of 6.65.

In the 1,500m, Anderson stayed near the middle of the pack for most of the race, and then made her move during the last lap. Running in the second of two heats, she passed a handful of runners to come in second behind Shannon Rowbury with a time of 4:10.08. The final takes place on Sunday.

Heather (Dorniden) Kampf also ran in the second heat, but did not advance to the final. Her time was 4:14.03.

Later in the evening, Jamie Cheever raced in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final. She came in 12th with a time of 9:56.51.

All five former Minnesota athletes in this year's trials, plus current Gopher Willis, have competed or will compete in a final. Liz Podominick finished fifth in the discus, Kampf finished seventh in the 800m, and Samantha Sonnenberg competed in the pole vault final.

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