Philly College Athletes at US Olympic Track & Field Trials – Day One

June 22, 2024 –

Athletes from Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania are competing for a place on the USA Olympic Track and Field team. Other local collegiate and alumni stars compete for a trip to Paris. Let’s see their results from Day One in Eugene, OR.

Women’s 400m

Isabella Whittaker from Penn moves on the the semifinal round in this event. Whittaker ran a 50.17 in 8er heat to advance. She placed second in her race. The top five finishers in each of the three heats plus the next two fastest times will run in the semifinal round on Saturday. The top fastest time was by Shamier Little running for Nike at 50.13.

Men’s 1500m

Villanova Wildcat middle distance runner Liam Murphy ran a 3:38.70 in the first round and will run again on Saturday in the semifinal round. Murphy ran fourth in his heat. The top seven finishers in each of the three heats and the next three fastest times qualify for the next round. Fellow Wildcat alum Casey Comber (2015 – 2021 at Villanova) also moves on as he turned in a time of 3:38.67 in the opening round. Cole Hocker of Nike turned in the best opening round run with a time of 3:34.54.

Alumni Report

Women’s 800m

Philly College runners are well represented in this event. Nia Akins (Penn 2020) won her heat posting a time of 2:01.18 and will appear in the semifinal round. Agee Wilson (Class of 2017) who ran for Temple qualifies for the next round running a 2:00.96, second in the heat. McKenna Keegan (Villanova Graduate of 2022) will run again covering the distance in 2:01.71 placing second in her heat. The top six finishers in each of the four opening races plus the next three fastest times will be in the semifinals on Sunday. The fastest qualifier is Michaela Rose of LSU who posted a time of 1:59.57,the only time under two minutes.

Local Flavor

Allie Wilson from Strath Haven High School hit the finish line first her heat of the women’s 800m run in a time of 2:01.57. Former Olympic two time gold medalist Athing Mu from Trenton moves on with a time of 2:01.73.

Gary Martin from the University of Virginia and Archbishop Wood competed in the men’s 1500m. He finished with a time of 3:39.23, but did not advance in the event.

In the Men’s Decathlon Germantown Academy’s Kyle Garland is in third place posting 4.456 points. He ran a season best in the 100m (10.64)and jumped 2.13m in the High Jump, his best leap this season.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


Liam Murphy in the Penn Relays

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