One runner with Utah ties qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Games - but it wasn't during the week's U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta.
Utah State speedster Ladonna Antoine earned a berth by winning the 400 meters in the Canadian Olympic Trials, running to a time of 52.33 seconds. She attained All-America status earlier this year with a sixth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.At the U.S. Trials in Atlanta Sunday, BYU's Courtney Pugmire won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a 10:23.47 effort - some two seconds head of her closest competitor. The event is an exhibition sport, not an Olympic one.
Amy Christiansen of BYU ended fifth in the women's shot put (57 feet, 7 1/2 iches), more than a half-foot behind the third-place finisher and final U.S. qualifier.