Ed Eyestone's bid to compete in a third consecutive Olympics is over.
The Layton resident, after running in third place for much of the 10,000 meters race at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials Monday night, dropped out of the race with one lap to go and did not finish. Heat cramps were apparently the culprit.
Eyestone had previously run the marathon in the '92 Olympics in Barcelona and the '88 Games in Seoul. He failed to make the U.S. marathon team earlier this year. Meanwhile, Jason Pyrah, a former BYU All-American who lives in Provo, advanced to the semifinals of the 1,500 meters.
Pyrah won his first-round heat Monday in 3 minutes, 41.5 seconds.
Also advancing was Brigham Young's Mark Johansen of Bountiful, who won his heat in the 3,000 steeplechase in 8:49.87. Craig Carter of Smithfield qualified for the finals of the hammer with a throw of 215 feet, 10 inches.
Dawn Tabla of Brigham Young advanced to the finals in the exhibition women's hammer throw with a toss of 176-5.
Utahns who failed to qualify Monday in addition to Eyestone were Weber State assistant volleyball coach Teri Spiers in the women's javelin, who finished ninth with a throw of 169 feet, 7 inches; Weber's Bob Evans in the steeplechase; Utah State's Wendy Egbert and BYU's Amy Christensen, both in the women's hammer throw.