June 26, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. – UConn men’s track and field was well represented at the USA Olympic Trials this past weekend during the 800 meter race where Husky graduates Mike Rutt and Brian Gagnon both competed for a chance to represent Team USA in London for the 2012 Olympics.
Rutt (UConn ‘11) finished second in his heat and posted a time of 1:47.99 in the prelims to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The Sinking Springs, Pa. native improved his time the following day and concluded the semis in 1:46.84. The tenth place finish was just shy of qualifying Rutt for the 800m finals and opportunity to travel to London.
Gagnon (UConn ’10) also advanced to the 800 semifinals after capturing fourth place in his heat and fifth overall with a time of 1:47.10 in the preliminary round. Despite ending the semifinal race in seventh place with a time of 1:46.77, Gagnon (Lowell, Mass.) did not reach the 800m finals.
"I think I speak for everyone associated with Connecticut track and field in saying that we couldn't be prouder of Brian and Mike. It wasn't their time the other day, but that time will come sooner than everyone thinks,” stated Head Coach Greg Roy.
Gagnon will have one more opportunity to stamp his ticket to London when he competes in the 1500m run which begins on Thursday, June 28 with the finals taking place on Sunday, July 1. To follow all USA Olympic Trial events click here