Symmonds, Holt advance at USA track championships; ex-Bronco makes worlds


DES MOINES, Iowa - Two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds (Bishop Kelly High) ran his 800-meter preliminary race in 1:47.10 Thursday and qualified for the semifinals at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Duane Solomon has a top qualifying time of 1:46.39 going into the Friday semifinals.

Hillary Holt (Mountain View High and College of Idaho) ran her 1,500-meter preliminary race in 4:14.89 to qualify for the finals. The two-time defending NAIA outdoor champion has the 10th fastest qualifying time heading into Saturday's 12-woman final. Treniere Moser (Nike) had the fastest qualifying time with a 4:11.20. The top three finishers in the finals will represent the U.S. at next month's World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Boise State junior Jordin Andrade ran a 52.31 in his 400-meter hurdles preliminary race, finishing 17th and missing the finals by one place. Johnny Dutch of Nike clocked the fastest qualifying time of 49.46. Boise State's Emma Bates is in Iowa, hoping for a last-minute scratch that would advance her into a qualifying spot in the 5,000 meters Sunday.

Former Boise State All-American Ryan Grinnell (Skyline High in Idaho Falls) qualified for the world championships by finishing third in the men's triple jump (55-10 1/2), while former BSU weight thrower Jarred Rome is scheduled to compete in the discus Friday night.

In the junior division of the championship event, decathlete Payton Lewis (Nampa Christian High and YMCA Team Idaho) finished 14th with 6,380 points Thursday; the victory went to Wolf Mahler of Belton High in Texas with 7,419 points.

The championships continue through Sunday.

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