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Southern Oregon Athletes Compete at Olympic Trials

Athletes with ties to Oregon have been doing very well at the Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene. On Monday, a pair of Southern Oregonians aimed to join the ranks of the nation’s elite. Ian Dobson, a Klamath Union graduate who finished third at the Trials in 2008, once again earned a spot in the 5000 Meter Finals. Dobson’s time of 13:49.62 was just good enough to make the cut. 16 runners made it past the Prelims and Dobson’s time ranked 15th.

Crater alum Max King was also in action on Monday, running the 3000 Meter Steeplechase. King, who has won the Pear Blossom Run seven times, also advanced to the Finals. King finished in 8:33.43, nearly five seconds better than his qualifying time. However, like Dobson, King just made the cut, finishing 13th best with only 14 making the finals.

In Omaha, Nebraska, high schooler Breanna Sapienza swam in the Prelims for the Women’s 100 Meter Butterfly. Sapienza finished fourth in her heat, but 121st overall out of a field of 161. The soon-to-be junior came in with the 146th best time, so she finished 25 spots higher than where she started.  At just 16 years old, Sapienza should be in the mix when the next Olympic Trials come around in 2016.

Both King and Dobson will compete in their event’s Finals on Thursday.