EUGENE, Ore. — Louisville native Reese Hoffa won the men's shot put at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials with a mark of 72 feet, 21/4 inches to earn a spot on the Olympic team.
Ryan Whiting was second at 71-03/4, and Christian Cantwell was third at 69-93/4. Cantwell won the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics.
Hoffa also won the 2008 Olympic trials, but finished seventh in Beijing.
"I think we have three really strong throwers. We always send a strong team," Hoffa said. "We have to get it done this time."
■ Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt ran the men's 400 meters in 44.12 seconds, best in the world this season, for a chance to defend his title in London.
Tony McQuay, winner at the NCAA championships earlier this month, was second in 44.49, and Bryshon Nellum of Southern California was third in 44.80 to earn the other two spots on the Olympic team.
■ Marquise Goodwin, a senior wide receiver at Texas, won the men's long jump with a personal-best of 27 feet, 4 inches on his final attempt, putting him on the Olympic team.
Will Claye was second at 27-0, and George Kitchens Jr. was third at 26-111/4, just making the Olympic "A" standard needed to qualify for the London Games.
■ Sanya Richards-Ross set a meet record in the women's 400 meters, finishing in 49.28 seconds for a spot on the Olympic team.
Dee Dee Trotter finished in 50.02 and Francena McCorory was third in 50.43 for the other two spots.
■ Stephanie Brown Trafton won the women's discus with a throw of 213 feet, 10 inches for a chance to defend her Olympic gold medal in London.
Aretha Thurmond was second at 204-2 for a spot on her fourth Olympic team.
American record-holder Suzy Powell-Roos finished third with a throw of 197-6, but she doesn't have the Olympic "A" standard of 203-5 required to make the team.
■ Jenn Suhr cleared 15 feet, 1 inch to win the women's pole vault for a return trip to the Olympics. Becky Holliday finished second (14-11) and Lacy Janson earned was third (14-9).
USOC to settle tie in 100
U.S. track and field officials said they have a procedure in place to break the third-place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women's 100 meters at the Olympic trials.
The scenarios involve either a coin toss or a runoff to decide which athlete will earn the third and final spot on the team for the London Games.
If both athletes choose the same option, it will determine the tiebreaker. If the athletes disagree, the tiebreaker will be a runoff. If both athletes decline a preference, the tiebreaker will be a coin toss.
Bobby Kersee, the coach for both athletes, told The Associated Press the sprinters won't make any kind of decision until after they complete the 200 later this week.
Felix and Tarmoh finished in a dead heat for the last U.S. spot to the London Games, each bursting across in 11.068 seconds Saturday.