NORMAN — Two former Sooners advanced past Saturday’s preliminary rounds of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Kevin Bookout moved into the finals of the men’s shot put after finishing 11th with a throw of 61-feet, 9-inches.
Reese Hoffa, former world champion, led the shot putters with a throw of 69-7.
The shot put finals begin at 5:30 p.m. today.
Another former Sooner, Toni Smith, made it to the finals of the women’s triple jump. Her leap of 43-10 was fifth best among 20 competitors.
Amanda Smock led the event at 45-3.
The women’s triple jump final will be 7:45 p.m. Monday.
OU’s Candyce McGrone ran seventh in her semifinal heat of the 100-meter dash, and 17th overall.
Mookie Salaam, who entered the trials with the fifth-best 100-meter time (9.97) on the U.S. performance list, failed to advance past the first round at the trials. He finished sixth in his heat and 29th overall with a 10.62 on Saturday.
Joining Bookout today will be OU pole vaulter Alexandra Acker.
Her event was rained out Friday, but all entrants have advanced to the finals.
Live television coverage of today’s Olympic Trials begins at 6 p.m. on NBC (COX-4).