Katie Follett Mackey, a former Fort Collins High School standout, had the second-fastest time in the first round of the women’s 5,000 meters Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials to keep alive her hopes of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
Mackey, 28, finished second in the last of two qualifying heats with her time of 15 minutes, 26.64 seconds to easily advance the 16-woman final on Sunday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The top three finishers in the final will represent the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics next month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Molly Huddle won the qualifying race in 15:26.33. All 10 qualifiers from Mackey’s heat were faster than the winner of the first heat, Kim Conley, who finished in 15:40.04.
Mackey’s lifetime best in the 5,000 is 15:04.74 at a 2014 race at Stanford, California, while her season-best is 15:16.60. The former University of Washington All-American also qualified to compete in the 1,500 at the U.S. trials but felt she had a better chance of making the Olympic team in the 5,000, her father, Kevin Follett, said.
Mackey lives in Seattle and is part of a Brooks training team run by her husband and coach, Danny Mackey.
Former CSU All-American and2012 Olympic bronze-medalist in the long jump Janay DeLoach, 30, earned a spot on her second Olympic team by finishing third in the long jump last weekend and withdrew from her other event, the 100 hurdles, before Thursday’s preliminary round. DeLoach, who still lives and trains in Fort Collins, was seeded 17th in the hurdles and dropped out to avoid risking an injury that might jeopardize her chances of winning another Olympic medal in the long jump in Rio, said her coach, CSU assistant Karim Abdel Wahab.
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Two-time U.S. Olympian Casey Malone, another former CSU All-American who still lives in Fort Collins, was one spot away from moving on to Friday’s final in the men’s discus. He finished 13th with a best throw of 190 feet, 2 inches. The top 12 moved on to the final, with James Plummer earning the final spot at 191-2.
Mason Finley, who set the national high school record as a senior at Buena Vista High in Colorado in 2009, was the top qualifier with a throw of 218-11. Finley competed for the Fort Collins Track Club while he was in high school and threw collegiately at both Kansas and Wyoming.
Malone, 39, finished fifth in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and 19th in the 2008 Games in Beijing. Malone is the throws coach for the University of Colorado’s track and field team.
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