Centrowitz Reaches 1,500 Final at U.S. Olympic Trials

Centrowitz Reaches 1,500 Final at U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. – Matthew Centrowitz, the son of AU head coach Matt Centrowitz, finished second in his semifinal of the men's 1,500-meter run Friday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field, earning a berth in Sunday's final.

Later in the evening, AU assistant coach Kerri Gallagher placed 12th in her semifinal of the women's 1,500 and did not advance.
 
Centrowitz finished second in his heat with a time of 3:44.29. He was behind only Ben Blankenship, who ran 3:44.24.
 
Definitely the faster of the two semifinals, the top five in the second heat ran at least 3:44.68, while the first-place time of Izaic Yorks in the first semifinal was 3:47.67.
 
The final of the men's 1,500 will be on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. Eastern Time, and will be broadcast on NBC.
 
Gallagher, who missed valuable training time this summer due to illness, finished her semifinal Friday in 4:22.47. She went 4:23.60 on Thursday in the first round and placed fourth in her qualifying heat.
 
The top seven in Gallagher's heat advanced to Sunday's 12-athlete final, running at least 4:11.92.
 
Gallagher burst onto the international scene last summer with a surprising third-place finish at the U.S. National Championships. She earned a spot on Team USA and advanced to the second round of the women's 1,500 at the World Outdoor Championships in Beijing.