BUFFALO, NY - For three University at Buffalo track and field athletes their dream of competing in the Olympics becomes one step closer over the next 10 days as they head to the Olympic Trials. Throwers Rob Golabek and Becky O'Brien will compete at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, OR, while sprinter Asia Henry will compete in the 800m at the Jamaican Trials next week.
Golabek, a four-time All-American, qualified for the trials last weekend as he threw a new personal best 64-9.50 (19.75m) at a last chance meet in Ohio. The throw was less than four inches shorter than the MAC Record, which has stood since 1978. The preliminary rounds of the shot put get underway tomorrow at 3:00 pm pacific time. The finals will take place on Sunday afternoon.
"This is an outstanding opportunity and it wouldn't be possible to those who helped me my entire career," said Golabek. "I want to thank Coach Jenkins for all of his support and Coach Garnham for going above and beyond anything that I could every ask for. I also want to thank my strength coaches for everything they have done to get me to this point."
O'Brien, who redshirted this Spring after becoming an All-American during the indoor season, is the first competitor to get going as she is competing in the discus competition, which begins today. O'Brien holds the school record in the discus, which she set last season. Her throw of 193-8 (59.04) is also the Mid-American Conference Record. Finals in the women's discus also take place on Sunday.
O'Brien is also competing in the women's shot put, which begins on June 28. O'Brien is currently the school and MAC record holder in the shot put as she threw 56-6.00 (17.22m) last season. Finals in the women's shot put take place on June 29.
"Having the opportunity to compete at this event is the result of years worth of commitment, hard work and sacrifice," said O'Brien. "I am so excited and blessed for this opportunity to compete with the Nation's best over the next eight days."
Henry heads to Jamaica for her chance at the Olympics as she will compete in the 800m at the 2012 National Senior Championships, which runs from June 28-July 1. Due the number of entries in the women's 800m, Henry has advanced directly to the finals, which will take place on Saturday, June 30 at 8:05pm. Henry will an opportunity to represent Jamaica at either the London Olympics or the NACAC Under 23 Championships in Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. Most recently, Henry broke the school record in the 800m as she was named a second-team All-American at the NCAA Championships.
"I still can't believe the opportunities that are being presented," said Henry. "This is such a blessing and I have all these emotions going on. I am nervous, but more importantly I am really excited to have the opportunity to compete against Jamaica's best athletes. To have the chance to make the team is crazy, but I am going to try and treat this just like every other track meet."
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