Collin Harden finishes 17th at US Olympic Team Trials, YSU T&F Career Decorated Caps
EUGENE, Ore. – Youngstown State Senior Collin Harden placed 17th overall in the men’s 400m hurdles first round races on Thursday at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field.
Running out of lane two, Harden posted a time of 50.81, just short of his personal best of 50.21, en route to a sixth place finish in the second of four of the evening. He entered the event with the 28th fastest time and jumped an incredible 11 places with 17th place. The top three riders from each heat and the next four fastest overall times advanced to Friday’s semi-finals – 16 qualifying in total.
In the second run, Rai Benjamin of NIKE recorded the best time of the heat and the third best time of the event, with a time of 49.12. The race also recorded the fastest fourth (David Kendziera – 49.19), fifth (Khallifah Rosser – 49.28) and sixth (CJ Allen – 49.45) of the 28 total hurdlers who competed. The second round had five semi-finalists – the most of the four rounds in the first round.
Kenny Selmon clocked the fastest time in the first lap races, posting a score of 49.03 in the first run. TJ Holmes led the third set with a 49.90 and Cameron Samuel set the fastest time in the fourth with a 49.89.
Harden ends his college track career as a double All-American Division I at YSU. He was named top performer at the Horizon League Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships for running events after winning the 100m and 400m hurdles in 2021. Harden was named the Men’s Athlete of the Year for the YSU in 2020. Harden is the third former YSU male athletics student. -athlete who will participate in the trials for the US Olympic team in the last two games.