June 29, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Dana Pounds-Lyon, a two-time NCAA champion for the Air Force track and field team, advanced to the finals of the javelin throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Friday, Jan. 29, while volunteer coach Jenny Simpson advanced to the 1500-meter finals.
With a throw of 170'0", Pounds-Lyon finished 10th in the 24-thrower preliminary round. The three-time All-American and the 2007 USATF champion opened with a throw of 168'7", before tossing her best distance of the three-throw event at 170'0". She ended the day with a toss of 166'11" to place 10th in the overall field and finish as one of the top 12 to advance to the event finals. Kara Patterson currently leads the javelin throw with a distance of 198'5".
Paige Blackburn, a 2012 graduate and the most-recent Mountain West champion, also competed in the qualifying round of the javelin throw, tossing a 151'9" to place 22nd. Blackburn, who will compete at the North America Central America Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships next weekend, fouled her first attempt, before recording distances of 146'9" and 151'9".
Simpson, who is coached by cross country head coach Juli Benson, was the runner-up in the semifinal round of competition in the 1500-meter race. Clocking a time of 4:09.12, Simpson finished second in the first heat of 12 to earn an automatic spot in the finals (top five per heat, plus next two fastest times). Morgan Uceny won the second-round race with a time of 4:08.90.
Pounds-Lyon and Simpson return to Historic Hayward Field on Sunday, July 1, for their respective event finals. Pounds-Lyon will compete at 2:45 p.m. (PST), while Simpson will run at 4:23 p.m.