Former University of Kentucky standout Keni Harrison and UK freshman Jasmine Camacho-Quinn advanced to the semifinals in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
Harrison had the second-fastest time among the five heats, finishing in 12.57 seconds. Harrison, the 2015 NCAA champion in the event, is the current American record-holder (12.24).
“I just got to keep my mind calm, worry about what I got to focus on. ... Zone into what I need to do,” Harrison told NBC Sports after the race.
Camacho-Quinn, the NCAA champion in the 100 hurdles as a freshman last season, was second in her heat in 12.82 seconds.
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The top three in each heat, plus the next six fastest times, advanced to the semifinals.
The semifinals and finals will be run on Friday. The semifinals start at 6:58 p.m. EDT (NBC Sports Network) and the finals at 8:54 p.m. (NBC). The top three finishers will advance to the Olympics in Brazil next month.
“I really want to make the team,” said Harrison, who is unbeaten in seven races this year. “I definitely want to represent the USA.”
Tyson Gay advances in 200
In the men’s 200, Lafayette graduate Tyson Gay finished second in his heat to reach the semifinals. The 33-year-old Gay, whose qualifying time was 20.36 seconds, will race again on Friday at 8:37 p.m. The finals in the men’s 200 are on Saturday at 8:42 p.m.
UK’s Seymour qualifies in 400 hurdles
Kentucky junior Kiah Seymour qualified for the semifinals in the women’s 400 hurdles, rallying to finish second in her heat to 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin in 55.58 seconds.
The semifinals are on Friday at 7:31 p.m.
Evans moves on
UK graduate Andrew Evans reached the discus finals, which will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. Evans had a top throw of 60.66 meters.
U.S. Olympic Trials
TV: 6 p.m. (NBC Sports Network); 8 p.m. (NBC)
Where: Eugene, Ore.