Despite placing sixth in the finals of the 1,500 meters at the U.S Olympic Trials, three-time All-American Nathan Robison will be a top returner next year.
SACRAMENTO -- After three grueling races against top Olympic talent, Nathan Robison places sixth with a time of 3:40.99 in the final race of the 1,500 meters Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Alan Webb of Team Nike won the event in 3:36.13 and will compete in Athens, Greece, with Charlie Gruber and Rob Myers, who took second and third place.
"He did great," BYU men's coach Robison and Nathan's father said. "It's the first time he's run three rounds in four days, and that's tough. He beat some incredible people and ran close to his lifetime best."
In his first attempt toward the USA Olympic Team, Robison ran a time only one-tenth off his personal best time, 3:40.89, in this event, which came at Mt. SAC Relays earlier this year.
"For his first time competing for the Olympics, he did fabulous," Coach Robison said. "We're very proud of how he competed this week."
In Friday's semifinal race, he made a move during the last lap to take first in his heat and seventh overall. With three All-American citations, two conference titles and the 2004 West Regional title in this event, Nathan Robison has had a tremendous career and still has a year left of eligibility at BYU.
"I'm glad that he'll be back for one more year, and I think he wants to try for the Olympics again in four years," Coach Robison said. "He'll hopefully stay around after he graduates to attend BYU's law school and keep training with Coach Eyestone for the Trials in 2008."
In the 100-meter hurdles semifinals Saturday, Tiffany Lott-Hogan took fourth in the third heat, placing 19th overall with a time of 13.48, and failed to make finals.
After capturing second in the heptathlon earlier this week, Lott-Hogan has already clinched a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team and will compete next month in Athens, Greece.
At the IAAF World Junior Championship in Grosseto, Italy, freshman Amy Menlove took sixth in the long jump finals Saturday with a jump of 20 feet, two and one-half inches.
Despite sixth place, Menlove had the highest mark of any American contender in this event. Denisa Scerbova of Czechoslovakia won the long jump with a jump of 21 feet, eight and one-quarter inches.
Menlove captured two Mountain West Conference titles in the long jump this year and was named the 2004 Indoor Female Freshman of the Year by the MWC.