Moline qualifies for London Olympics with personal best

Moline qualifies for London Olympics with personal best

CREATED Jul 1, 2012

Sports Director: Jason Barr

Eugene, Oregon (Arizona Athletics)

University of Arizona Wildcat men’s and women’s track and field program ended the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials on a high note. Junior Georganne Moline, the lone competitor for Arizona on Sunday, ran in the final of the women’s 400-meter hurdles. The meet was held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Moline earned a spot on Team USA for the London Olympic Games after taking second place in the 400-meter hurdles. She clocked a personal-best time of 54.33 and broke her own school record for the fourth time this season. Previously, the record was 54.72, set on Friday in the semifinal of the event. Her time of 54.33 is the fourth-best time in Pac-10/12 history and ranks as the fifth-best time in the world this year, No. 2 in the U.S.

“It went perfect,” Moline said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better race. I went out, just like I planned, attacking each hurdle and when I get to the 200-meter mark, that’s when I have to go. I made my move and just kept strong. Everybody asks me if I’m afraid of the eighth hurdle, because that’s the hurdle I fell on. If anything, that’s the hurdle I want to kill, there’s no way I’m afraid of that thing. It was so exciting and definitely a great race. I know how to run my race, I’ve run it plenty of times and I really trust what I do.”