EUGENE, Ore. - Former Miami University track standout Dan Huling will have a chance to run in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after qualifying for the finals of the 3000m steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials Monday at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
Huling recorded the top qualifying time in the preliminaries, clocking 8:29.00. The preliminary races, which consisted of two heats, included 24 runners with 14 advancing to Thursday's final at 9:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. local). The top three finishers in Thursday's final will represent the United States at the Summer Games. Complete results from Monday's prelims are available here.
Huling has compiled quite a career since leaving Miami, competing in both the 2009 and 2011 IAAF World Championships in the steeplechase in Berlin, Germany and Daegu, South Korea, respectively. The Geneva, Ill., native was the runner-up in the steeplechase at the 2011 U.S. Outdoor Championships and won the national championship in 2010. He was also named the 2009 North American Steeplechase Runner of the Year by All-Athletics.com.
Huling, who competed for the RedHawks from 2002-06, certainly left his mark at Miami as well, as he still owns four Miami indoor records (1,500m, the mile run, 3,000m and 5,000m) and the Miami 3K steeplechase outdoor record of 8:27.41 he set as a senior. He was a two-time All-American as a RedHawk, earning the honor in outdoor track in 2006 by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000m and in the 2005 cross country season by placing 26th at the NCAA Championship meet. Huling won three MAC championships in 2006 in the steeplechase, the 5,000m and the 10,000m, while winning the 2005 MAC title in the 5,000m as well. As a senior in 2005, he was also the MAC individual champion in cross country.
For more information and results on Thursday's final qualifying race, click here.