All-American Kassi Andersen will be one of the five BYU athletes competing in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials this weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
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PROVO -- Five current BYU athletes and four former standouts will head to Sacramento, Calif. to compete at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials July 9-18.
Looking for a top-three finish for a bid to the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, veteran Greg Flint will compete in the 400-meter hurdles after winning the Mountain West Conference outdoor title in this event. After taking second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1,500 meters, distance standout Nathan Robison will also look to qualify for the Olympic Games,
On the women's side, a trio of All-Americans will compete in the Olympic Trials. With one of the top times in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kassi Andersen will be competing along with Lisa Antonelli, who recently won the MWC outdoor title in this event. After placing eighth in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Lindsey Metcalf will take her first step toward the Olympic Games.
"This will be my first time trying for the Olympics, and it's pretty intimidating," Metcalf said. "I thought I jumped high before, but now I see all these amazing marks in front of me. I'm nervous, but excited. I'm also very happy about my finish at Nationals, tying my personal best and being an All-American."
Several former BYU athletes will be competing this weekend as well. Tiffany Lott-Hogan is entered in the heptathlon and the 100-meter hurdles, while Amy Palmer will compete in the hammer throw. Nikki Hughes will compete in the long jump, while Elizabeth Jackson will run the 3,000m steeplechase.
In the 2000 Summer Olympics, Palmer placed eighth in the hammer throw while Lott-Hogan barely missed an Olympic bid with a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon. After earning multiple All-American citations at BYU, both Palmer and Lott-Hogan will look for a better finish this year.
"I think this year will be better than last time," Lott-Hogan said. "I feel better prepared, but it will be just a matter of putting together all seven events. Four years ago, the competition was average, so I felt frustrated after not putting everything together."
During her junior year at BYU, Lott-Hogan set a world record in the 55-meter and set another world record in the 60-meter hurdles last year at the USA Indoor Pentathlon Championships.
After earning All-American honors two years ago, Hughes has continued to practice with the BYU track team and will make her first trip to the Olympic trials. She also has a good idea of her competitors, which minimizes the intimidation.
"Because I have been competing against the same girls for the last four to five years, I'm not really nervous or intimidated," Hughes said. "This will be my first time to compete for the Olympics, but I'm excited because I have prepared myself and have the third best mark going into the trials."