40-year-old gets ticket to Beijing

Pole-vaulter Jeff Hartwig qualified.

EUGENE, Ore. - Pole-vaulter Jeff Hartwig, a 40-year-old who had not qualified for the Olympics since 1996, will be going to Beijing.

At the U.S. Olympic track and field trials yesterday, Hartwig cleared 18 feet, 81/4 inches to finish second to Derek Miles (19 feet). World champion Brad Walker barely qualified, ending up third with a best jump of 18-61/2.

Area ties. Penn State graduate Shakeema Welsch was second in the women's triple jump, but her leap of 46 feet, 10 inches was wind-aided. She did not reach the qualifying standard for Beijing, but two-time U.S. indoor champion Shani Marks did at 47-21/4. . . . Reuben McCoy, a Sicklerville native who ran for Auburn, failed to qualify in the men's 400-meter hurdles, finishing seventh (49.18) in the final, won by Bershawn Jackson (48.17). World champion Kerron Clement was second and Angelo Taylor third.

Penn State's Shana Cox qualified for today's 400-meter semifinals, finishing third in her heat. . . . Another Penn State grad, Ryan Olkowski, was in seventh place after the opening day of the decathlon. . . . After five events, Bryan Clay, the 2004 silver medalist, held a 22-point lead on Trey Hardee. Tom Pappas, the 2003 world champion, was in third. . . . Villanova's Robert Curtis, the 2008 NCAA champion at the distance, will compete in today's men's 5,000-meter final. Curtis finished the semifinals with the sixth-best overall time (14 minutes flat).

Notes. Jeremy Wariner, the United States' best in the men's 400 meters, easily advanced to today's semifinals with a runaway victory in his heat. . . . The three Olympians to emerge from the women's 400-meter hurdles were Tiffany Ross-Williams (54.03), Queen Harrison and Sheena Tosta. . . . Trevell Quinley won the men's long jump with a leap of 27-51/4. Dwight Phillips, the 2004 gold medalist, finished fourth at 26-11 and did not qualify.

- Frank Fitzpatrick