Bumbalough falls just short in bid for spot on U.S. Track and Field team

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 10:24pm
Staff reports

Brentwood’s Andrew Bumbalough came tantalizingly close in his bid to earn a spot on the U.S. Track and Field team for the London Olympics.

The 25-year-old finished fourth in the finals of the men’s 5,000-meter run Thursday, the fifth day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Eugene, Ore. The top three finishers made the team.

Bumbalough, a graduate of Brentwood Academy, never was among the top three but ran with the lead pack from the start. He lost ground over the final two laps and finished in 13:26.67, 2.2 seconds behind the third-place finisher Lopez Lomong.

Galen Rupp won the race and broke a 40-year-old meet record with a time of 13:22.67 as he out-kicked Bernard Lagat (13:22.82) at the finish.

Steve Prefontaine set the previous mark of 13:22.80 in 1972.

• Franklin’s Kathy Kroeger competed in the women’s 5,000-meter final. The Stanford junior finished 15th in the field of 16. Her time was 15:40.55. The top three finishers all crossed the line in under 15:20.

• Middle Tennessee State’s Ann Dudley needed one attempt to earn her place in the women’s high jump finals, which will take place Saturday.

An NCAA All-American from Jacksonville, Fla., she cleared 5-10 ½ on her first attempt, which was enough to make her one of the 13 finalists.