Olympic trials update: Pachuta qualifies for semis; Abda, Mead fall short

Megan Ryan

Gophers runner David Pachuta advanced to the 800-meter semifinals at the second day of the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., with a strong performance in Friday's preliminary heat.

Pachuta placed second in his heat with a time of 1:47.14. The senior automatically qualified with his top-three finish and placed sixth overall out of 32 athletes.

Harun Abda, his teammate at Minnesota, fell short of qualifying in the 800 after placing fifth in his heat with a time of 1:48.26. He was 18th overall, and only the top 16 advance.

Gophers distance runner Hassan Mead competed in the 10,000 meters. His 27:59.04 was good for 11th of 24 athletes, but he needed a podium finish to qualify for the Olympics. The senior may compete in the 5,000 meters June 25 for another shot at the U.S. Olympic team.

Former Minnesota runner Heather Kampf qualified for the semifinal of the women's 800. She placed fourth in her heat and overall with a time of 2:01.54.

Rain postponed former women's team pole vaulter Sam Sonnenberg's event.