July 3, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Former Yale track & field and cross country All-American Lucas Meyer '05 will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. Meyer's event starts at 9:10 p.m. Pacific time and includes two preliminary heats of 12 runners each.
A total of 14 runners -- the top four finishers in each heat plus the next six best times -- advance to the finals. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time. The top three finishers who have met the Olympic "A" qualifying standard (8:24.60 in the steeplechase) in each event at the U.S. trials qualify for the Olympics, which begin Aug. 8 in Beijing.
The USA Network is scheduled to have TV coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Eastern time Thursday night. On Saturday the trials will be broadcast on NBC and streamed on nbcolympics.com from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Meyer has the 19th-best seed time (8:36.31) in the field. Former Colorado runner Steve Slattery, the 2003 U.S. champion and 2006 U.S. runner-up, has the best seed time (8:15.69).
Meyer earned All-America honors in both cross country and the steeplechase his senior year at Yale, finishing 18th at the NCAA Cross Country Championship and 12th at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He set the school record in the steeplechase with a time of 8:36.39 in his preliminary heat at the NCAAs. Meyer was the IC4A steeplechase champion in 2005 and was a two-time Heps champion in the event as well. He also was Heps and IC4A champion in the 5,000-meter run indoors his senior year. He set the school record in the 5,000 at IC4As in 2004.
Meyer, a comparative literature major, was third team CoSIDA Academic All-American as a senior.
A native of Ridgefield, Conn., Meyer is now running for Oregon TC Elite based out of Eugene, Ore.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity