June 22, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico track and field athlete Kendall Spencer bowed out of competition in the men’s long jump at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials after placing 17th with a 24-foot, 9 1/4-inch (7.55 meter) jump in Friday’s preliminary round.
Spencer, who entered the competition at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field with a personal record of 26-8.25 (8.13m), held his ground against the nation’s elite long jumpers after the first round of jumps. Despite cool and rainy conditions, Spencer held the 13th-best leap after the first round, reaching a distance of 24-1/4 (7.32m).
The San Mateo, Calif., product improved on his mark the next round, as he registered his 24-9.25 leap, but ended up slipping to 17th after a foul on his last attempt.
Spencer held an Olympic B Standard (8.10m) going into the meet, but needed to obtain an Olympic A Standard (8.20m) and a top-three finish in the final round of competition to advance to the 2012 Summer Olympic in London.
The top 12 competitors from the prelims advance to Sunday’s final round.
The Lobos did get some good news on Friday, however, as former New Mexico tracker David Bishop advanced to the finals of the 1500-meter run at the United Kingdom’s Olympic team tryouts, the Aviva 2012 Trials.
Bishop clocked a solid time of 3 minutes, 48.33 seconds, finishing runner-up in the second heat and placing him 13th overall. He will advance to compete at tomorrow’s finals with a shot to qualify for London.
Two other Lobos past and present ran in the 1500 at the U.K. Trials, including former Lobo Lee Emanuel (3:54.49) and current Lobo Sam Evans (4:08.00). Emanuel placed 11th in the second heat, while Evans finished 14th.