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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Utah County's Jason Pyrah, who has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1,500 meters, is making a bid to do so in the 800 as well. He ran a personal-best time of 1:46.63 to win his heat in Thursday's preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. He'll participate in Friday night's semifinals.

Utah State product James Parker also earned an advancement. He reached the finals of the hammer throw with a toss of 222 feet, 8 inches in the preliminaries — good enough for seventh overall.

Former BYU tracksters Doug Bryant and Stephen DeSantis failed to advance in the hammer throw, while fellow Cougars Melanie Steere (800) and Kyle Grossarth (400 hurdles) were unable to move past the preliminaries as well. Brett Guymon of USU was a late scratch in the hurdles with an injury.