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.