Senior sprinter Torrin Lawrence sped to a career-best time in the 400m during the semifinals at the Olympic Trials.
June 23, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. --- Former Georgia thrower Reese Hoffa easily qualified for the shot put finals with a victory in the prelims during the U.S. Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on Saturday.
Hoffa, a five-time All-American for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001, lifted his second throw 69 feet, 7 ½ inches to win the shot put by more than three feet in the pouring rain. Fellow Nike throwers Christian Cantwell (66-5.25) and Ryan Whiting (65-5) rounded out the top three as 12 throwers qualified for the event finals.
Hoffa, an Augusta native, won the 2008 Trials before finishing seventh at the 2008 Games in Beijing. The shot put finals will be at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Also in the shot put, Bulldog sophomore Caleb Whitener suffered three fouls during his first trip to the Trials.
Senior Torrin Lawrence took the track in the 400-meter dash semifinals and clocked a career-best time of 45.40. Moving to No. 2 on Georgia’s all-time list with the fastest time for the Bulldogs since 1993, Lawrence finished fifth in the second heat and ninth overall, which was one spot out of the 400 finals.
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.
Live results and a recap from the Olympic Trials will be posted at georgiadogs.com.