Olympic sports http://www.kplu.org en Disproportionately high number of Northwest runners on team USA http://www.kplu.org/post/disproportionately-high-number-northwest-runners-team-usa EUGENE, Ore. - Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.<p>Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region.<p>The poncho clad masses who packed the bleachers night after night at historic Hayward Field had plenty of local favorites to cheer for. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:55:03 +0000 5473 at http://www.kplu.org Disproportionately high number of Northwest runners on team USA Olympic qualifiers resume as Portland's Rupp aims for 'double' http://www.kplu.org/post/olympic-qualifiers-resume-portlands-rupp-aims-double EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field resume Thursday afternoon in Eugene after a two day rest break. Tonight, more athletes with Northwest ties step to the starting line than on any other day of the event.<p>In the men's pole vault, Spokane native and former University of Washington Husky Brad Walker attempts to qualify for his second Olympic team.<p>The discus final features two throwers with Northwest ties: Ian Waltz graduated from Post Falls, Idaho high school and WSU. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:11:23 +0000 Tom Banse 5433 at http://www.kplu.org Olympic qualifiers resume as Portland's Rupp aims for 'double' Fourth, fifth place good enough for some local Olympics hopefuls http://www.kplu.org/post/fourth-fifth-place-good-enough-some-local-olympics-hopefuls EUGENE, Ore. – A fourth or fifth place finish tends to bring excruciating disappointment at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Top three qualify for the Summer Olympics, normally. But fourth and fifth place was good enough Monday night for two Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest.<p>Eugene-based high jumper Jesse Williams and javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler benefited from what Hostetler calls “a fluke.” Usually at the track & field team trials, top three advance to the Summer Games; everyone else goes home. But there’s this hitch. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:50:29 +0000 Tom Banse 5403 at http://www.kplu.org Fourth, fifth place good enough for some local Olympics hopefuls Ex-collegians and prepsters from Northwest win summer Olympics berths http://www.kplu.org/post/ex-collegians-and-prepsters-northwest-win-summer-olympics-berths EUGENE, Ore. – A dark horse in the sprints. A mother who’s competed at three prior Olympics. And a former NCAA pole vault champion from the University of Oregon. Those are your three newest U.S. Olympians with Northwest ties.<p>A little-known sprinter from Salem, Oregon leaned at the tape to edge out more famous track stars in the hundred meter dash. Ryan Bailey struggled to find the words to describe how it felt to finish third and to secure a trip to the London Olympics.<p>"I don’t even know what to say. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:04:27 +0000 5394 at http://www.kplu.org Ex-collegians and prepsters from Northwest win summer Olympics berths Olympic track trials could stock Team USA with Northwest athletes http://www.kplu.org/post/olympic-track-trials-could-stock-team-usa-northwest-athletes EUGENE, Ore. - Qualifying action for the 2012 Summer Olympics is happening in three Northwest cities this week. The U.S. Olympic Trials in diving are underway in Federal Way, Washington. Meanwhile, track and field qualifying starts with a hammer throw competition on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Oregon Thursday. The rest of the track team selection unfolds in Eugene starting on Friday. Team USA is likely to be well-stocked with Northwest athletes.<p>The experts at Track & Field News have published updated form charts for the Olympic Trials and this summer's London Games. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:19:59 +0000 Tom Banse 5360 at http://www.kplu.org Olympic track trials could stock Team USA with Northwest athletes