Hill, Lucas Advance to Finals in Men's, Women's 5,000 meters at Olympic Trials
June 25, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – NC State All-American Ryan Hill and former All-American Julia Lucas both advanced to the finals of the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters, respectively, on Monday night at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials at Hayward Field.
Hill, the top of five collegian qualifiers in the men’s 5,000 meters, finished fourth overall to advance to Thursday’s 16-runner final.
The Hickory, N.C., native was seventh for much of the race, but made his move into fourth during the final lap. His time of 13.43.24 was a half-second behind the top times of overall winner Lopez Lomong, Bernard Lagat and Benjamin True.
Former Wolfpack All-American Stephen Furst also competed in the men’s race, finishing 19th overall with a time of 13:56.16 to just miss advancing to the final race.
Lucas, a two-time ACC champion and an All-American during her NC State career from 2005-08, finished third overall in the women’s 5,000 meters with a time of 15:42.82. The native of Charlotte and Myers Park High graduate still owns the fastest time in the event this year by an American runner.
Hill and Lucas will take the next two days off to rest before running in the 5,000-meter finals on Thursday. The races will be shown on the NBC Sports Network on digital cable and satellite television.