Boise's Nick Symmonds turned on the speed Monday night, as he blew past the field in the final stretch of the 800-meter finals at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. For his efforts, his fastest time at the Olympic trials, Symmonds locked in a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team and instantly became one of the favorites for the event.
Symmonds, a Bishop Kelly graduate, won the 800 in 1.43.92. It was his fifth-straight U.S. championship in the event.
Symmonds joins fellow Idahoans cyclist Kristin Armstrong and equestrian Adrienne Lyle on the American team.
Meanwhile, three more athletes with Idaho ties have shots at making the American squad. The University of Idaho's Russ Winger, Boise State's Jarred Rome and Post Falls High graduate Ian Waltz all qualified for this Thursday's final competition in the discus.