EUGENE, OR - Brad Walker is going back to the Olympics.
The University High grad and former Husky cleared 18-feet-7 1/4-inches on his second attempt to win the pole vault title at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials. Walker is the American record holder, with a height of 19-feet-9 3/4-inches, set back in 2008.
Former WSU star Bernard Lagat also qualified for the London games int he men's 500 meter. Lagat, a two-time Olympic medalist placed second after Galen Rupp surged past him on the final stretch. Rupp crossed the line in 13:22:67, Lagat followed at 13:22:82.
Another former Coug, Jeshua Anderson, has more work to do in Eugene. He finished third in his qualifying heat for the men's 400 meter hurdles. The 2011 national champion posted a time of 50.49 to advance to Friday's semifinals.
Post Falls native Ian Waltz was unable to add to the ranks of former Cougs heading to London in the men's discus. Jason Young passed Waltz's distance of 61.33 meters on his final throw of 62.15 meters. Waltz finished fourth, one spot out of the qualifying top three.