Jeneba Tarmoh, Porscha Lucas advance to 200m semifinals at Olympic Trials

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EUGENE, Oregon – In 200-meter qualifying at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Thursday evening, in front of a record crowd of 22,602 at Hayward Field, a pair of Aggie sprinters advanced to the semifinals as Jeneba Tarmoh won her heat in 22.90 while Porscha Lucas finished third in 23.05.

Among the six heats in the opening round of the 200m, the top three finishers and the next three fastest times moved one to Friday’s semifinal.

Dominique Duncan, running in heat three, placed fifth with a 23.28 and was the last time qualifier until the final heat was run. Ashley Collier placed sixth in another heat with a 23.51.

The top qualifying times posted in the 200 were from Tianna Madison (22.57), Carmelita Jeter (22.63), Sanya Richards-Ross (22.67) and Kimberlyn Duncan (22.69).

In field event action, an injury prevented Tyron Stewart from contesting the qualifying round of the triple jump.

Friday’s schedule will include the men’s first round of the 200 where Prezel Hardy, Jr. runs in the second heat from lane eight. Also on tap is the qualifying round of the women’s javelin where Laura Asimakis is in the first flight as the third thrower.

Shelbi Vaughan Gatorade National Athlete of the Year in track and field

Texas A&M incoming freshman Shelbi Vaughan, who signed a national letter of intent with the Aggie volleyball program and will be a member of the track and field team, has been named the Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Vaughan was presented her award this week in Fort Worth by Emmitt Smith, a former Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.

The Mansfield Legacy senior broke the national high school record in the discus multiple times during the 2012 season as she won titles at the Texas Relays, Texas 5A State meet, Golden West, and USA Junior Championships. This past weekend Vaughan finished fourth in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials held in Eugene, Oregon.

Vaughan becomes just the third Texas native to receive the Gatorade National Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year recognition, following Chryste Gaines (1988, South Oak Cliff) and Ychlindra Spears (2001, Luling). Vaughan is now a finalist for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, which will be presented during a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

As a 6-foot-2, 17-year-old, Vaughan reached a career best 198 feet, 9 inches in the discus to win the USA Junior Championship and earn a trip to the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain in early July.

Vaughan is one of only two girls in prep history to throw the discus over 190 feet and she has accomplished the feat five times. Vaughan was a double State 5A champion in the shot put (50-1.25) and discus (187-10), where she set a career best in the shot put.

Earlier in the season Vaughan was a double winner during the Texas Relays with marks of 48-10.75 and 191-5. The discus mark broke the national high school record of 190-3 set by Anna Jelmini in 2009.

During the Golden West meet in California, Vaughan won the discus with a massive toss of 193-11 to eclipse the recognized American junior record of 190-6 set by Suzy Powell in 1995.

Then at the USA Junior Championships Vaughan improved her national high school and American junior records to a very impressive distance of 198-9 in earning a berth to the World Junior Championships.

While attempting to reach the Olympic A standard of 203-5 during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Vaughan produced a best of 195-9 to place fourth among an elite field of throwers.

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