Valley hurdler narrowly misses semifinals at Olympic Trials


Credit: WKBN

EUGENE, Oregon (WKBN) – Former Youngstown State track standout and Girard graduate Collin Harden narrowly missed out on the semifinals of the 400m hurdles at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon Thursday night.

Harden entered the night with the 28th best time in the field and improved 11 spots with a time of 50.81, finishing in 17th place overall out of 26 runners. The top three in each heat, along with the next four fastest times advance to the semifinals.

In the second heat, he finished in sixth place out of seven runners.

Rai Benjamin of NIKE posted the top time of the heat and third-fastest time of the event, clocking a 49.12.

Kenny Selmon clocked the fastest time of the first round races, posting a 49.03 out of heat one. TJ Holmes headlined heat three, running a 49.90 and Cameron Samuel ran the fastest time in heat four, running a 49.89.

Harden is the third former YSU men’s track and field student-athlete to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the last two Olympic Games. 

He finished his collegiate track and field career as a two-time Division I All-American at YSU.

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