Georgia's Torrin Lawrence Advances To 400m Semifinals At Olympic Trials

June 22, 2012

EUGENE, Ore. --- Bulldog senior Torrin Lawrence clocked a 45.82 in the opening round of the 400-meter dash to keep his Olympic hopes alive during the U.S. Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Friday.

Lawrence finished second behind Manteo Mitchell (45.70) in the third heat and managed to edge Jeremy Wariner (45.84) for second place.  Wariner won a silver medal in the 400 at the 2008 Games and has run on two different 4x400 gold medal relay teams.

Lawrence will now race in the 400 semifinals at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Lawrence's teammate, true freshman Morgann Leleux, will have to wait until Sunday to compete.  The New Iberia, La., native and the rest of the women's pole vault field, including former Lady Bulldog Kat Majester, had their competition suspended until Sunday because of rainy conditions on Friday.

Former Bulldog All-American David Dickens ran in the fourth heat of the 400 and finished in 46.56.  Dickens has a full-time job with John Hancock in Atlanta and managed to qualify for the Trials by training in the evenings with no coach.

After the first five events of the decathlon, Georgia senior Michael Ayers is in 17th  place after scoring 2,861 points.

Competing for the Bulldogs during the 2000 season, Kibwe Johnson won the hammer throw at the Trials in Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday.  He already had an "A" standard mark and will now be competing at his first Olympics.

On Saturday, sophomore Caleb Whitener and two-time Olympian Reese Hoffa are set to compete in the shot put.  Hoffa finished seventh at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Live results and a recap from the Olympic Trials will be posted at georgiadogs.com.

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