US Olympic Trials Track Schedule: Breaking Down What to Watch on Day 1

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2012

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 01: Galen Rupp of United States competes in the men's 5000 metres heats during day six of the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Daegu Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The trials for the US Olympic track and field team get under way in earnest today with a full day of events, including two finals. It's make-or-break time for American athletes, who have spent the past four years preparing for this moment.

An opening ceremony will also take place today at 7 p.m. EST to officially kick off the 10-day trial period. By the time it's over, the London Olympics will be just 26 days away. The dream of reaching the marquee sporting event is becoming very real for many athletes right now.

Let's take a look at the complete schedule for Day 1 followed by a deeper look at the pair of finals.

 

Day 1 Schedule

Time (ET) Gender Event Round

4 p.m.

Men 100 meters Decathlon
4:50 p.m. Men Long jump Decathlon
5:20 p.m. Women Discus Qualifying
6:05 p.m. Men Shot put Decathlon
6:10 p.m. Men 400 meters First Round
6:35 p.m. Women 400 meters First Round
7 p.m. n/a Opening Ceremony n/a
7:30 p.m. Men High jump Decathlon
8 p.m. Women 800 meters First Round
8:20 p.m. Men 800 meters First Round
8:30 p.m. Women Pole vault Qualifying
8:40 p.m. Women 100-meter hurdles First Round
8:45 p.m. Men Long jump Qualifying
9 p.m. Women 100 meters Qualifying
9:30 p.m. Men 400 meters Decathlon
9:45 p.m. Men 10,000 meters Finals
10:20 p.m. Women 10,000 meters Finals

 

What to Watch

Men's 10,000 meter Final

Galen Rupp set the American record in this event last fall and headlines a group of 24 runners hoping to earn a trip to London. Rupp's record time, which checked in at 26 minutes and 48 seconds, was still 30 seconds off the world-record pace.

Other contenders include Joseph Chirlee and Tim Nelson. The biggest name on the bubble would be Dathan Ritzenhein, who hasn't yet reached the Olympic standard. He needs a strong showing in today's race to make the team.

 

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 14:  Shalane Flanagan, who finished with a time of 2:25:38, holds an American flag after completing the U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

Women's 10,000 meter Final

Marathon runner Shalane Flanagan won't be running the 10,000 meters at the Olympics, but is using the event as part of her preparations for London and should set a pretty good pace for the other runners, who are hoping to reach the top standard.

Amy Hastings, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom and Lisa Uhl are the three favorites to make the team. They will be attempting to have a strong showing tonight with hopes of reaching their peak in a couple weeks when it matters most.