Keni Harrison picked the wrong day to have her worst performance of the season.
In perhaps the biggest upset of the U.S. Olympic Trials, the former University of Kentucky standout and current American record-holder in the women’s 100-meter hurdles finished sixth in the finals on Friday in Eugene, Ore., and failed to make the Olympic team.
Harrison, a heavy favorite in the event and the 2015 NCAA champion, needed a top-three finish to punch her ticket to Rio next month. But she started slowly from the blocks and never recovered, finishing in 12.62 seconds.
Brianna Rollins, who had the fastest times in Thursday’s first round and Friday’s semifinals, finished first in 12.34 seconds. Kristi Castlin was second (12.50) and Nia Ali (12.55) came in third. The top three move on to Rio.
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UK will have at least one representative in the Olympics next month, however. UK graduate Anthony Evans finished third in the discus finals on Friday to earn a spot on the U.S. team. Evans had a top throw of 61.22 meters. Mason Finley (63.42) finished first, and Tavis Bailey (61.57) was second.
In a harbinger of what was to come, Harrison lost her semifinal heat — her first loss in a race this season. The 12.91 seconds she posted in a steady rain was her slowest mark of the year by more than a half-second.
UK freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn did not qualify for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles. Racing in the lane to Harrison’s immediate right, Camacho-Quinn knocked over her final two hurdles and finished third in the heat in 13.02 seconds — 0.02 seconds away from qualifying.
Tyson Gay advances
Lafayette graduate Tyson Gay qualified for the men’s 100-meter finals by posting the third-fastest time in the semifinals. The top three times were all in Gay’s heat, with LaShawn Merritt’s 19.74 topping the standings. The finals in the event are at 8:42 p.m. Saturday.
UK’s Anderson advances
UK junior Nick Anderson, competing in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, finished third in the final heat of the first round to advance to the semifinals.
Anderson finished in 13.77 seconds. Ronnie Ash had a top qualifying time of 13.39 seconds.
Anderson will run in the semifinals of the event on Saturday at 7:25 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 8:52 p.m.
UK’s Seymour fails to qualify
UK junior Kiah Seymour failed to qualify in the women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals. Needing a top-four finish in her heat, Seymour finished fifth in 56.26 seconds.
Dalilah Muhammad had the fastest time of the semifinals: 54.14 seconds.
U.S. Olympic Trials
What: Finals in women’s javelin, plus men’s triple jump, 5,000, 200 and 100 hurdles
TV: NBC (8 p.m.)