Jesse Garn, who graduated in May, will race in the 800 at the Olympic Trials. The trials will be held at the University of Oregon.
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Garn to race at Olympic Trials
June 30, 2016Tweet
Recent Binghamton University graduate Jesse Garn, who concluded his stellar career as a three-time All-American, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. The 10-day meet begins on Friday, July 1, at Heyward Field at the University of Oregon.
Garn, who will compete in the 800, won’t have to wait long to start racing. The opening round of the 800 takes place at 7:15 p.m. EST on Friday. The second round will be held the following day at 3 p.m. EST. The finals of the 800 is slated for Monday, July 4 at 8:51 p.m. EST. The top three finishers in next Monday’s final will advance to the Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio, Brazil, Aug. 5-21.
In qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials, Garn recorded the 30th-best time among American runners this year (1:47.35). The top 32 times made the cut.
“This is an amazing accomplishment for both Jesse and our track & field program,” assistant coach Annette Acuff said. “I’m extremely proud of Jesse and all of his success over the years. Qualifying for the trials has been a major goal of ours since he was a freshman. It will be more than awesome to watch him race at the Olympic Trials in a Binghamton uniform.”
“This is the icing on the cake of my career at Binghamton,” Garn said. “To represent the university at the U.S. Olympic Trials is an honor. I ran my top time this year at the Princeton Invitational back in April, so it’s amazing that it stood for the past two months, especially with all of the Last Chance meets being run recently.”
Garn is the third Binghamton track & field athlete to make the U.S. Olympic Trials. Rory Quiller competed in the pole vault in both 2008 and 2012. He placed eighth overall four years ago. Also in 2012, Erik van Ingen was 27th in the first round of the 1,500.
During his illustrious undergraduate career, Garn was a first-team United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) All-American once and was honorable mention twice. His signature performance was a fourth-place finish in the finals of the 800 at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, in a race that aired live on ESPN.
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials also marks Garn’s third major meet beyond the college realm. He took part in the 800 at both the 2014 and 2015 U.S. National Championships.