EUGENE, Ore. — For the second year in a row, former LSU All-American hurdler Jasmin Stowers came up short Friday night in her bid to earn a spot on the world’s biggest stage with Team USA.
With a trip to Rio de Janeiro and a berth in the Olympics on the line, Stowers crushed the 10th hurdle in the 100 meters hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic trials at Hayward Field.
Reaching the final hurdle, Stowers appeared to be in a tight race to take the third and final spot for Rio when her right foot crashed into the hurdle — sending her sprawling.
Stowers’ Olympic dreams ended in the blink of an eye even though she managed to get up and finish in eighth place after qualifying for the final with a second-place finish in her semifinals heat.
Her disappointing finals time of 17.13 seconds was more than four seconds slower than the 12.91 she ran in the semifinals a couple of hours earlier.
On the same track a year ago, Stowers was eyeing a berth on the U.S. team for the World championships, when, needing to place in the top three, took fifth at the nationals.
The LSU program actually had two chances Friday to earn Olympic berths, but Rodney Brown, who was eighth in Thursday’s discus qualifying, could only muster a 10th-place finish in Friday’s final with a best of 187 feet, 3 inches.
Meanwhile, former LSU All-American Cassandra Tate is one step closer to her first Olympics berth after finishing fourth in her semifinals heat of the 400 hurdles.
Tate, a bronze medalist in the 2015 World championships, posted a time of 55.49 seconds to secure a spot in Sunday’s final. The top four finishers from the two semifinal heats earned the right to vie for a trip to Rio.
Shortly after Tate advanced, so did former Tigers’ standout Quincy Downing. He finished a strong third in his 400 hurdles heat, clocking a time of 49.45 seconds to punch his ticket to Sunday’s final.
Also making a final was former Louisiana-Lafayette pole vaulter Morgann Leleux. She finished in a four-way tie for 11th place with a best of 14-3¼ in qualifying and will compete in the final Sunday.
LSU also had two athletes reach Saturday’s semifinals in the 110 hurdles.
Former Tigers standout and Baton Rouge native Ryan Fontenot finished fourth in his heat in 13.67 seconds and current LSU athlete Jordan Moore was fifth at 13.72. Both advanced on time.
McKinley High grad Kamaria Brown, a former Texas A&M star, got through the first round of the 200 meters safely Friday. She was fourth in her heat in 23.12 seconds and advanced to Saturday’s semifinals on time.
However, three other athletes with Louisiana ties failed to advance to the 200 semifinals.
The biggest name to miss out was former LSU All-American Kimberlyn Duncan. A six-time NCAA champion in the indoor and outdoor 200, she was sixth in her heat in 23.75 seconds.
Lady Tigers’ senior-to-be Jada Martin (23.38) and Tulane’s Lilla McMillan (23.90) also came up short in the 200. Martin was fourth in her heat and McMillan sixth.
Former LSU standout Tenaya Jones was sixth in her 100 hurdles semifinals heat (13.35) and didn’t make the final. Joshua Thompson also failed to get out of the first round of the 110 hurdles when he was seventh in his heat (13.82).
Former Southern and Texas A&M sprinter Devin Jenkins didn’t earn a spot in the 200 final with a sixth-place finish in his semifinals heat (20.94).
Late Thursday night, former Lady Tigers’ standout Lynnika Pitts, an East Ascension High School graduate, was eighth in the women’s triple jump final with a leap of 43-1.