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June 25, 2008
Gary Pine
AZUSA, Calif. – Four former Cougar student-athletes, including 2004 silver medalist Bryan Clay, begin their quest for a ticket to Beijing, China, and the 2008 Olympic Summer Games when the United States and Canada begin their respective Olympic track & field trails this weekend.

Clay is in Eugene, Ore., this coming week for the U.S. Olympic Trials which run June 27 through July 6. He is joined at the meet by his college teammates Jesse Roberge (’02) and Vanessa Wilhelm (’03). Roberge opens the Cougar parade at the trials Friday (June 27) when he competes in the men’s shot put preliminaries at 9 p.m. (PDT).

Clay then highlights the meet when with the 10-event decathlon Sunday (June 29) beginning the 100 meters at 10 a.m. More than 34 hours later the decathlon closes out with the 1500-meters at 8:30 p.m. Monday (June 30). After 2 off days, the meet resumes Thursday (July 3) evening with the women’s hammer throw at 7 p.m. featuring Wilhelm.

NBC and USA networks will broadcast nightly recaps of the U.S. Olympic Trials while real-time results of each event can be obtained via the Internet.

The top 3 finishers in each event earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and will qualify for competition in Beijing.

Meanwhile, on Friday, July 4, Stephanie McCann (’00) will be competing in the Canadian Trials at the University of Windsor (Ont.), seeking not only an Olympic berth but also a new record that breaks her current Canadian standard in the women’s pole vault.

The track & field competition for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing is scheduled for Aug. 15-24.

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