Former Tech Thrower Officially Punches Ticket to 2012 Olympics



June 30, 2012

KINGSTON, Jamaica and EUGENE, Ore. - Former Louisiana Tech thrower Jason Morgan officially punched his ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games in London Saturday with a second place finish in the discus at the Olympic Trials at National Stadium in his native Jamaica.

Morgan finished second overall in the discus with a throw of 203-2 (61.93m) Saturday afternoon in Kingston. He only needed to finish in the top three.

Earlier this season, Morgan set a new Jamaican national record with a throw of 220-3 (67.15m) at a meet in Monroe, La. Morgan, who still trains in Ruston, was beaten by Travis Smikle with a throw of 220-2 (67.12m) at the Jamaican national meet.

Meanwhile in Eugene, Ore., Michael Coleman finished sixth in his heat of the 200m semifinals as his bid to make Team USA for the 2012 Olympic Games in London came to a close. With a time of 21.08, Coleman finished sixth in his heat and 16th overall. The top two sprinters from each of the three heats followed by the next two best times advanced to Sunday’s finals.

With one Louisiana Tech tie already heading to London (Jason Morgan), Sunday’s action at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene will give an opportunity to another tie. Chelsea Hayes is one of 12 athletes competing in the finals of the long jump with the top three being selected for Team USA. The long jump competition begins at 5 p.m. CT and is expected to be highlighted on NBC’s broadcast at 8 p.m. CT.

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