EUGENE, Ore. — Former Washington State runner Paul Ryan of Moscow added another feather to his cap Thursday by surviving the first round of qualifying in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in track and field at Hayward Field.
He clinched a spot in the semifinal round by placing fifth in the first heat. The top six placers in each heat advance, plus the next six best times.
Ryan, a Logos Secondary graduate who wrapped up his WSU career earlier this month, wound up with the 24th-best time among 25 qualifiers at 3 minutes, 45.86 seconds. The top clocking was 3:39.02.
The semifinal races start at 4:05 p.m. today, and the final is at 4:40 p.m. Sunday.
Ryan placed eighth in the 1,500 at the NCAA outdoor championships at Eugene on June 11, but didn’t nab a berth for the Trials until meeting the qualifying standard at a last-chance meet two days later at the same site.