|EUGENE, Ore. – Howard alumnus David Oliver won the 110m hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials and earned a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Oliver finished the race in 12.95 seconds and set the Hayward Track record.
"I really don't know what happened," Oliver said. "The gun went off and I just started running."Oliver adds, "I wanted to make the top three in the finals. I am just happy that I was able to do that and get the win."
The Denver native was one of the favorites to win the event and had the best mark of the quarterfinals at 13.07 seconds. He was the top seed in the first of two semifinals; Oliver went 13.24 seconds to post the best mark in the first round.
"During his time with us at Howard, David excelled athletically and academically," said Artis Hampshire-Cowan, Howard University Acting President. "I hope that you will join me in wishing him well as he represents Howard and the entire nation during the Olympic Games."
While at Howard, Oliver won four MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) championships in the 110 hurdles and graduated in 2004 with a marketing degree from the school of business.
Oliver has posted three of the world's top five times in the event this season, including 12.95 seconds in May. It is second to the world record of 12.87 seconds held by Dayron Robles. Oliver also won the U.S. indoor title in February before posting his sub-13 time in Doha, Qatar.
Landria Buckley, a rising junior, also qualified for the Olympic trials after a career-best 13.24 seconds at the NCAA nationals and earned All American honors.
She finished finished 26th overall in Saturday's preliminary round of the women's 100m hurdles at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field. Buckley was one of the few collegians competing in the 100m hurdles trials. The Michigan native would have needed to finish in the top 24 to qualify for the quarterfinals.
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Updated: July 7, 2008