EUGENE, Ore. --- Charles Jock, a recent graduate of UC Irvine, won his first-round heat of the 800 meters in the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Friday.
Jock, now competing for Nike, recorded a time of 1:47.90 in rainy conditions with Michael Rutt (1:47.99) and Michael Preble (1:48.20) finishing 2-3 in his heat.
Tyler Mulder of Oregon TC Elite had the fastest overall qualifying time of 1:46.81.
The semifinals of the 800 are at 4:45 p.m. Saturday with the top eight advancing to the final Monday at 7:47 p.m. The top three from Monday's final will earn spots on the U.S. team for the London 2012 Olympics.
Jock, a three-time All-American and Big West Conference Track Athlete of the Year, won the NCAA title in the 800 meters with a time of 1:45.59 at Des Moines, Iowa, June 8. He became UCI's first individual NCAA champion in 34 years since Steve Scott (1500 meters) and Mauricio Bardales (decathlon) won titles at the 1978 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.
On Monday, Jock was named as one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest award.
Jock, who also won this year's Big West 800 title, was a member of the U.S. team for the IAAF World Championships last summer. He finished third in the U.S. Trials last June in Eugene with a school-record time of 1:44.67. Nick Symmonds and Khadevis Robinson were 1-2 in the 800 at last year's trials and both are entered again this year.
Symmonds and Robinson, along with Jock's Big West rival, Ryan Martin of UC Santa Barbara, also moved on to Saturday's semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
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