June 27, 2012
The seventh day of the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials will include two University of Alabama track and field products in Krystle Schade and Augustus Maiyo competing for a coveted spot on Team USA for the upcoming London Olympic Games.
Current UA student-athlete Krystle Schade has earned a berth in the women's high jump and will participate in the qualifying round at 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday. She will be joined by 23 other high jumpers at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., as they vie for one of the 12 spots in the final of the event.
Schade competes in the trials after picking up first team All-America honors earlier in the month with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with an outdoor personal best of 6-1.5. During the indoor season she was the runner-up at the NCAA Championships after winning the SEC title with a personal best of 6-2.
At 8:30 p.m. CDT, former UA standout Augustus Maiyo will take to the track in the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. On June 25, Maiyo recorded the fourth fastest qualifying time at 8:29.29. The top three finishers who meet the Olympic 'A' standard of 8:23.10 will advance to London.
A native Kenyan, Maiyo became an American citizen upon leaving Alabama and joining the United States Army in which he is currently a specialist and training as part of the Army's World Class Athlete Program. A 2008 graduate of Alabama, Maiyo was a two-time All-American, the 2006 SEC steeplechase champion and a the 2005 SEC Freshman of the Year.
The live television broadcast of action at Thursday's trials will be aired on NBCSports and a live video stream will also be available on NBCOlympics.com