Former Track Star Qualifies for Summer Olympics

SACRAMENTO -- Former BYU track standout Tiffany Lott-Hogan took second place in the heptathlon at the 2004 Olympic Track & Field Team Trials on Saturday, earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Lott-Hogan will represent the United States in Athens, Greece, next month.

Going into today's competition, she held first place with 3,686 points after taking first in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, six inches; second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.10; fifth in the 200 meters and tying for 11th in the high jump in Friday's competition.

"Other than my throat killing me from running the 800 meters, I feel great," Lott-Hogan said. "Everything is good and I feel great about how I competed today."

In her first event today, Lott-Hogan took fifth in the long jump with a jump of 19 feet, seven inches to add 840 points to her total. In the javelin, one of her strongest events, she captured first with a throw of 165 feet, one inch. She ended the day running the 800 meters in 2:24.27 to claim second place with 6,159 points.

"Throughout the day, I felt pretty solid in my events," Lott-Hogan said. "It was nice to put together a half-way decent heptathlon. I had some decent marks in some of my events like the javelin."

The only thing left on her mind is running the 100-meter hurdles next Saturday and qualifying for the Olympics in another event.

"I'll be concentrating my training on the hurdles for Saturday," she said. "I'll also be training the same up until the Olympics and work on my jumps and 800m."

All-American Lindsey Metcalf made it to the finals in the high jump today with her jump of five feet, 11 and one-half inch. She will compete in the high jump finals Monday.

"Both Tiffany and Lindsey did a great job today," BYU women's coach Craig Poole said. "Tiffany took second and is on the Olympic team going to Athens. We're really proud of her. Lindsey qualified for the finals, and we're really pleased about her performance. We have some great things going on here and look forward to Nikki Hughes in the long jump on Monday."