June 22, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Sooner Candyce McGrone advanced to the semifinals of the women's 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday in Eugene, Ore.
McGrone finished fifth in her heat and 18th overall at 11.38 seconds but was helped by having the second fastest reaction time (.139) on the Hayward Field track.
McGrone was the 2011 NCAA national champion in the 100-meter dash and holds the Oklahoma program record in the event at 11.08 seconds.
The women's 100 semifinals begin Saturday at 5:40 p.m. Central with the finals schedule to be the premier event of NBC's live coverage at 7:52 p.m.
The Indianapolis native was one of three Sooners schedule to compete in the meet Friday.
Idabel, Okla., native Leslie Cole, who ran for the Sooners from 2006 to 2009, missed advancing to the semifinals of the women's 400-meter dash by one position. Cole's 53.45-second performance put her 17th overall, .25 off 16th place.
Cole will have another opportunity to make Team USA in the 200-meter dash. Preliminary rounds of the sprint begin Friday, June 29.
Senior Alexandra Acker was scheduled to participate in the women's pole vault qualifier but that event was cancelled due to rain. The vaulters voted, in lieu of a preliminary round Saturday, for the entire field to compete in the finals scheduled for Sunday.
Three other former Sooners -- Kevin Bookout (shot put), Mookie Salaam (men's 100-meter dash) and Toni Smith (women's triple jump) -- begin competition Saturday.
NBC will begin its live coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials Saturday at 7 p.m.