Olympic trials update: Minnesota’s hopes hang on one runner

Megan Ryan

As the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore., wind down, so do Minnesota's chances of fielding an Olympian.

In the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday, former women's team member Jamie Cheever crossed the line in 12th place of 14 athletes. Her time of 9:56.51 will prevent her from continuing her Olympic dream in London.

Two former Gophers runners competed in the 1,500 meters. Gabriele Anderson finished second in her heat and seventh overall with a time of 4:10.08. She will advance to Sunday's final for a chance to make the Olympic team.

Heather Kampf ran 10th in her heat, which was only good for 22nd overall. Her time of 4:14.03 kept her out of the final and the Olympic team.