Jul 07, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – The first steps on the path toward qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics begins Thursday for two athletes with ties to the American University track and field program.
Assistant coach Kerri Gallagher and Matthew Centrowitz, the son of Eagles head coach Matt Centrowitz, each run in qualifying heats at historic Hayward Field in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Gallagher, now running for Nike, will compete in the second of three preliminary heats in the women's 1,500-meter run. The heats are scheduled to begin at 9:26 p.m. Eastern Time and will be held during the broadcast window for NBCSN – though specific event coverage is yet to be determined on the telecast.
Gallagher made the international scene by finishing third at last year's U.S. Championships and joining Team USA at the World Outdoor in Beijing. She comes into this year's Olympic Trials having missed some weeks of training due to illness. Still, she holds the sixth-fastest time among qualifiers.
The younger Centrowitz, also running for Nike, is the top qualifier on the men's side in the 1,500, having posted a 3:30.40 entry mark. He will compete in the third of the three men's preliminary heats, with the first scheduled to take the gun at 10:21 p.m. ET.
Thursday's preliminaries will advance 24 athletes to Friday's semifinals, with the top six from each heat Thursday moving on, along with the next six fastest times.
Semifinals are scheduled Friday at 7:12 p.m. ET (men) and 8:03 p.m. ET (women). Both 1,500-meter finals are scheduled for Sunday evening.