Robison Qualifies for Finals at Olympic Trials

After placing first in his heat, All-American Nathan Robison advanced to the finals of the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympic Trials.

SACRAMENTO -- Three-time All-American Nathan Robison took seventh overall in the semifinals of the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Summer Olympic Trials Friday. With a first-place finish in the first heat with a time of 3:43.84, Robison automatically qualifies for the finals Sunday.

"I'm very excited with his race," BYU men's coach and Nathan's father Mark Robison said. "He ran perfect and didn't have to kill himself for a spot to finals. He's in the finals, and we couldn't be any happier."

The winner of the second heat, Michael Stember of Team Nike, also posted the fastest time in this event with a time of 3:39.74.

"The other heat ran a few seconds faster than Nathan's, but anything can happen in the finals," Coach Robison said.

In his first attempt at the Olympic Trials, Robison will take another step toward a spot on the USA Olympic Team and couldn't feel any better.

"I'm feeling great," Nathan said. "One of my biggest goals coming into this was to make finals, and I did. Tonight I wanted to get out strong and stay with the leaders, so my race went according to plan. In the finals, I want to go for it--my goal is the top three."

After coming in eighth in his heat of the quarterfinals yesterday, Robison advanced to today's semifinal race with a time of 3:43.42. which ranked 22nd overall.

During the outdoor season, Robison won the Mountain West Conference title and the NCAA West Regional title in this event while taking second at Nationals. Another one of the biggest highlights of his career came at the Mt. SAC Relays, where he set a personal best time of 3:40.89 with a fourth place finish.

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