Goodwin moves on to long jump finals at Olympic Trials
June 22, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – On a rainy and cool Oregon day, Marquise Goodwin’s preliminary long jump mark was not his best but did allow him to cross an item off of his track and field ‘to-do’ list.
Goodwin’s mark of 7.68m (25-02.50) on his final attempt earned him 10th place and a spot in Sunday’s event finals at the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Stadium.
“I came out here today and the weather actually felt good to me,” Goodwin said. “It kind of messed up marks here and there, but at the end of the day everybody has to go through it. You have to go out there and just compete from round to round. I accomplished another goal today. I made it to the Olympic Trials finals. The next goal is to win it.”
Texas also had representation from rising senior Isaac Murphy and former Longhorn Trey Hardee in the decathlon. Hardee sits in second place after the first five events with 4,406 points. He is 322 points behind leader Ashton Eaton, who set new decathlon world records in the 100m dash and long jump events today.
Murphy is 11th after the first of two days with 3,823 points. He began the day strong with a fourth-place finish in the 100m but struggled on the heels of his junior season at Texas.
“It was a rough day,” Murphy said. “It’s been a really long season. But I’m having a really good time out here. I was just really excited to be on this kind of stage. I’m feeling the weight of the season on my body and it has not been a very good day for me, but I’m still having a good time.”
Both Hardee and Murphy ran in a very competitive third heat that featured Eaton and reigning Olympic champion Bryan Clay. Hardee placed third in the 100m in 10.50 for 975 points and Murphy's fourth came in 10.77 for 912 points.
The two then moved on to the long jump. After a foul on his first attempt, Hardee jumped 7.55m (24-09.25) on his second to pick up 947 points for third place overall. Murphy’s best mark came on his second attempt as well when he jumped 6.99m (22-11.25). He placed 10th in the event and earned 811 points for a two-event total of 1,723.
Hardee was tops in the shot put thanks to a 15.72m (51-07.00) second throw and used 834 points to move up to second overall. Murphy tossed a 13.04m (42-09.50) second mark for 670 points to land in ninth place after three events.
The high jump was the fourth event of the day and provided a stiff challenge for Murphy, who cleared 1.75m and 1.81m on his first attempt but was unable to make it over 1.84m. He finished 18th in the event and dropped to 11th overall. Hardee missed on his first two jumps at both at 1.96m and 1.99m but was able to clear both on his third try. That would be highest clearance, as he finished fourth in the event (794 points) and maintained his second-place overall position.
Hardee and Murphy finished with the 400m. A steady rain that had abated slightly in the half hour leading up to the final event came back in a deluge for all three final heats. Hardee took third in 49.11 for 856 points and Murphy was eighth in 50.45 for 794 points.
In addition to the final five decathlon events tomorrow, the Longhorns will have rising senior Hayden Baillio and Jacob Thormaehlen competing in the shot put qualifiers and former Longhorn Andra Manson competing in the first round of the high jump.
Results: Friday, June 22
Decathlon 100m Dash
Decathlon Long Jump
Decathlon Shot Put
Decathlon High Jump
Long Jump (prelims)