Five former Bison to compete in USA Track and Field Olympic Trials

FARGO—Five former North Dakota State track and field athletes are entered to compete at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials to be held July 1-10 in Eugene, Ore.

Riley Dolezal (javelin), Leslie Brost (pole vault), Maddie Van Beek (3,000-meter steeplechase), Sierra Rosenau (javelin) and 2012 Olympian Amanda Smock (triple jump) will compete for national titles and spots on Team USA for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dolezal, an NDSU volunteer assistant coach from Stanley, N.D., who competes for Nike, won the USATF title in the javelin in 2013. He will compete Saturday, July 2, at 2:45 p.m. in the qualifying round. The finals are scheduled for 6:25 p.m., Monday, July 4.

Brost, who was a six-time NCAA meet qualifier for the Bison, will compete in the pole vault qualifying round at 5 p.m., Friday, July 8. The finals are scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 10.

Van Beek, a Bison All-American from Perham, Minn., will make her Trials debut competing in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:49 p.m., Thursday, July 7.

Smock, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, owns three USA outdoor titles in the triple jump. She will compete in the triple jump qualifying round at 6:15 p.m., Monday, July 4. The finals are set for 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7.

Rosenau, a three-time Summit League javelin champion from Carrington, N.D., will compete in the qualifying round at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7. The finals are set for 6 p.m., Saturday, July 9.





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