June 23, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Sooners Kevin Bookout and Toni Smith advanced to their respective event finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials after qualifying in preliminary rounds Saturday.
Bookout moved on to the finals of the men's shot put and Smith proceeded in the women's triple jump.
Bookout finished 11th out of 24 shot putters with a best of 61 feet, 9 inches (18.22 meters). Former world champion Reese Hoffa led the 12 qualifiers with a mark of 69-7 ½ (21.22).
Smith had the fifth best leap of 20 in the qualifying round at 43-10 ½ (13.37). Amanda Smock's 45-3 ½ (13.80) led the jumpers.
Sunday's men's shot put final begins at 5:30 p.m. Central. The women's triple jump final is Monday at 7:45 p.m.
For the second straight day at Hayward Field, heavy rain delayed the start of track events and created challenging conditions for the sprinters.
Candyce McGrone finished 17th overall in the women's 100-meter dash. McGrone ran seventh in her semifinal heat at 11.42 seconds. The women's 100 completed its final round Saturday evening.
Mookie Salaam failed to advance past the first round of the men's 100-meter dash. Salaam, who had the fifth best 100-meter dash time (9.97) on the U.S. performance list, struggled to a sixth-place result in his heat at 10.62 seconds. The time was 29th fastest of 33 finishers.
OU senior Alexandra Acker joins Bookout in Sunday's action. Acker will compete in the women's pole vault finals after all entrants advanced from the preliminary round that was cancelled Friday due to poor weather.
NBC will have live television coverage of Sunday's Olympic Trials events beginning at 6 p.m.