Olympic Trials Continue for Cougars

After advancing to the finals in the Olympic Trials, Lindsey Metcalf placed ninth in the high jump, tying her personal best jump of six feet, one-half inch.

SACRAMENTO -- Although Monday didn't bring any more competing BYU athletes closer to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, it did give three veterans a good taste of Olympic competition.

With her top spot in the qualifying round of the women's high jump competition Saturday, five-time All-American Lindsey Metcalf advanced to the finals and tied her personal best jump of six feet, one-half inch to take ninth place.

"Despite not making the Olympic team, Lindsey did a good job jumping and tying her personal best jump," BYU women's head coach Craig Poole said. "This was her first time at the trials, but she did well and we're proud of her."

After taking eighth place in the hammer throw in the 2000 Olympic Games, former track standout Amy Christiansen Palmer took 17th in the women's qualifying round of the hammer throw, which did not qualify her for the final round in this event.

During her career at BYU, Palmer managed to break four school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, the 20-lb. weight throw and the hammer throw, earning nine All-American citations with her top performances in these events.

After earning All-American honors and breaking BYU's long jump record in 2002, Nikki Hughes competed in the qualifying round of the long jump but missed the final round by only seven inches.

With the men's quarterfinals in the 1,500 meters Thursday as well as the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase final, distance veterans Nathan Robison, Kassi Andersen, Lisa Antonelli-Pratt and former standout Elizabeth Jackson will look for their first bid to the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

"The 1,500 meters should be fun and a tactical race for Nathan," Mark Robison, Nathan's father and BYU men's head coach, said. "I think he has a great shot at making finals, and anything can happen after that. Plus, he's really excited about running at the trials for the first time."