AUSTIN, Texas -- Five Texas women's track and field athletes will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials for a spot in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The trials will be held June 27-July 6 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The following former and current Longhorns will be competing in the trials.
Alexandria Anderson (100 and 200 meters)
Anderson placed seventh in the 200-meter finals at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor meet to claim her second straight All-American honor in the event. The junior sprinter crossed the finish line in 23.35 after recording a 23.23 in the 2007 finals. Anderson has earned 11 All-American honors over the course of her UT career. She also placed sixth in the 100-meter finals for her third straight 100-meter All-America honor. The 100-meter quarterfinals will take place at 6:40 p.m. Central on Friday, June 27 while the quarterfinals for the 200-meter event will be held at 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, July 5.
Temeka Kincy (800 meters)
Kincy wrapped up her UT career at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships missing the 800 meter finals by one spot. The senior earned three All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA outdoor meet with a seventh-place finish in the 800 meter run posting a personal-best 2:02.57; and at the 2007 outdoor and 2008 indoor NCAA meets as part of UT's 4x400 relay squad. She has been a member of two Texas NCAA Championship teams (the 2005 outdoor and 2006 indoor teams). The quarterfinals for the 800-meter event will begin at 7 p.m. Central on Friday, June 27.
Destinee Hooker (High Jump)
Hooker claimed back-to-back NCAA outdoor high jump titles in 2006 and '07 at 6-2 1/4 and 6-3 1/2, respectively. The All-American has not competed in any indoor or outdoor meets at Texas this year as she was training with the USA National Volleyball Team from January through March. Qualifying for the women's high jump will take place Monday, June 30 at 6:15 p.m. Central.
Marshevet Hooker (100 and 200 meters)
The two-time Big 12 women's track athlete of the year and eight-time All-American will compete in the 100- and 200-meter trials. Hooker finished second and was the top U.S. finisher in the 100-meter finals at the 2008 Reebok Grand Prix with a time of 10.94. The former Texas standout finished just three-tenths of a second behind Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown.
Sanya Richards (400 meters)
Richards, the dominant 400-meters runner in the world, missed the world championships in the 400 when she was hampered by chronic illness and failed to qualify. She won an Olympic relay gold medal in 2004. But Richards, the 2006 world female track athlete of the year, is still seeking a top individual medal on the world stage. At the Texas Relays, Richards ran the anchor leg of the USA Red Team's victorious individual 400 relay in 42.25. Richards will compete in the 400-meter quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Central on Sunday, June 29.