BOISE -- The countdown to the 2012 London Game continues and some U.S. teams are still being decided. There are several Idahoans still hoping for a spot, some competing this weekend.
Bishop Kelly grads competing at trials now
The Track and Field Olympic Trials are currently going on in Eugene, Oregon, and Boise has a couple athletes in the mix.
Bishop Kelly graduate Nick Symmonds took first place in his heat of the 800 meter heat and was third in the round with a time of 1:46:94 on Friday. Tyler Mulder won the round with a time of 1:46:81.
Symmonds will now run in the semis on Saturday, if he advances he will run in the finals on Monday.
Also competing on Friday is fellow Bishop Kelly graduate Corbin Duer. He's a decathlete, and so far has competed inhalf of his events. As of Friday night, he was in 12th place overall.His bestfinish was in the high jump, where heplaced 5th.
ISU woman, her husband, and her brother all competing in trials Monday
Later on in the track and field trials, more Idaho athletes will be competing. Three currentand formerIdaho State University pole vaulters will compete on Monday: Mike Arnold, Paul Litchfield and Levi Keller. Litchfield finished 10th in the 2008 US olympic Trials.
Two other former ISU runners will compete in the steeplechase on Monday as well. Lois Ricardi-Keller (pole vaulter Levi Keller's wife)will compete for the women, and her brother JohnRicardi will compete in the men's race.
You've done what you can do, and by the time you get to the trials you just want to make sure that you're prepared so you can do the best you can when they call the competetion, when they call your name, ISU Track and Field Coach Dave Nielsen said.
Nielsen says all of the ISU competitors could be considered longshots, but they've been working hard to perform at their best.
I think Lois and John in the steeplechase, they're certainly longshots, as well as the vaulters. But the steeplechasers have a little bit more of a tough road to hoe. The pole vault's a little bit more suspect because lots of things can happen in an event like that, Nielsen said.
Discus throwers with Idaho ties expected to thrive Monday
Also on Monday, two men with Idaho ties, Jarred Rome and Ian Waltz, will throw discus. Rome is currently ranked in 1st place and is a former Boise State Bronco. Waltz is ranked 3rd and is originally from Post Falls.
BSU represented for first time at swimming trials
For the first time, Boise State Swimming and Diving will be represented at the Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Starting Monday, five former and current Broncos and one incoming freshmanwill compete.
Amber Boucher will compete in the 100 meter butterfly on Monday, and then in both the 100 meter and 50 meter freestyle later in the week.
I'm just so excited to be there. It's going to be such a great experience. I'm going to get to see the fastest swimmers in the world racing and I get to be one of them. I'm there to compete, Boucher said.
Rachel Heaney will compete in the 200 meter butterfly. She is currently number 111, and she hopes to come in under her lowest time.
So it's just about I have to know that I've put in the work and just really go for it once I'm there. Not let the anxiety get to me because I know this is a huge meet, huge opportunity for, so I just want to enjoy it and have fun, Heaney said.
Both swimmers say the best in the country will be competing and they're looking for personal bests. But there are always upsets, and they hope to have personal bests that can get them to the next round.
It can always happen. You know you just have to get in there and race hard every time because you never know when someone's not on their game, Boucher said.
The swimmers leave for trials on Saturday.