U of M Michigan Olympic Updates: Men's Track & Field
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Tuesday, Aug. 16
Michigan alumni Nate Brannen and Nick Willis both recorded top-six finishes in their respective 1,500-meter run heats to secure automatic qualifying bids to the semifinals. Brannen claimed fourth place in a pedestrian second heat, using a monster kick down the homestretch to move from 10th place to fourth on the outside and cross the finish line in 3:47.07. Willis also surged down the final stretch, similarly moving up from 10th place to finish sixth and nab the final automatic spot in the third heat -- the fastest of the morning -- in a time of 3:38.55. Fellow Wolverine alumnus Jeff Porter just missed making the eight-man final in the 110-meter hurdles, claiming third place in the third semifinal in a time of 13.45. The top two in each race automatically qualified plus the next two fastest times; with his time, Porter missed the cut by four hundredths of a second.
• 1,500-Meter Run (Heat 2): 4 - Nate Brannen (3:47.07)
• 1,500-Meter Run (Heat 3): 6 - Nick Willis (3:38.55)
• 110-Meter Hurdles (Semifinal 3): 3 - Jeff Porter (13.50)
Monday, Aug. 15
Michigan alumnus Jeff Porter, battling through a heavy rain that halted track competition less than 30 minutes after his race, cruised to a second-place finish in his opening heat of the 110-meter hurdles to advance to the Olympic semifinals for the second time in his career. With the top four finishers in each heat advancing, Porter started strong and surged down the stretch, crossing the line in 13.50 -- 0.23 seconds behind Jamaica's Omar McLeod, a fellow NCAA high hurdles champion at Arkansas, but 0.16 in front of the next-closest competitor. Porter's time ranked him eighth overall among the 40-man preliminary field.
• 110-meter Hurdles (Heat 1): 2 - Jeff Porter (13.50)