UDM - Olympic Trials Wrap Up for Parris and Cashner
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DETROIT (7/12/16) – University of Detroit Mercy men's track and field standouts competed in the Olympic Trials last week, with junior Khalil Parris at the Canadian Championships from Edmonton, Alberta, and Colin Cashner at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
Parris claimed the first national title in Titan history with a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday afternoon. Parris got through to the 400H finals with the second-fastest mark of 52.10 in Thursday night's semifinals and used a late charge down the last straightaway to chase down the leaders and take the crown in 51.49.
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Later that same evening, Parris earned a berth in the 400-meter dash finals after clocking in with the second-fastest time in heat one of the semifinals at 47.65. In the finals of the 400m, Parris took eighth place in 47.67 and secured a pair of top-10 performances at the Championships.
Recent graduate Colin Cashner was also in action at the Olympic Trials last week, competing across the border from Parris for a spot on the U.S. squad in the hammer throw.
Cashner, who earned a spot in the U.S. Trials with a PR of 68.45 meters (224'7") at the Ashland Summer Series, fouled on his first two attempts of the Olympic Trial meet and facing the daunting task of a new PR to advance further into the U.S. Trial process, uncorked a throw that landed just outside of the vector and consequently ended his run at making the team.
Despite the result, Cashner will retire with an impressive legacy as the Titans' all-time leader in the hammer throw and second in the weight throw.
The pair of Titans put together record-setting seasons for the red, white and blue, but will unfortunately miss this year's opportunity to represent their countries at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Despite the gold medal, Parris did not hit the Olympic Qualifying Standard for the 400H of 49.40 and will instead head to El Salvador for the NACAC U23 Championships from July 15-17.