Neville to Beijing

Former IU track standout David Neville punched his ticket to next month’s Olympics in Beijing with a third-place finish in the men’s 400 meters Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. David Neville

Neville, the indoor national champion, finished in 44.61 seconds behind Olympic favorites LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner. That time is easily better than the Olympic qualifying ‘A’ standard of 45.55.

Neville is the first track and field Hoosier to make the Olympic team, joining diver Christina Loukas, who won the 3-meter springboard at the Trials two weeks ago.


  1. I watched this race. He was in lane 8, I believe, so everyone was chasing him. He went out really hard, but had enough left 150 meters to go to get third. Very nice race.

    Thanks for covering guys.

  2. In addition to David and Christina, former IU field hockey star Kayla Bashore will be going to Beijing as a member of the USA field hockey team.

  3. Jess,

    We’ll do our best to get a story on Kayla Bashore soon.

    She did, after all, go to a high school just up the road from mine.

  4. The new Cross Country schedule looks great.
    Of special interest is the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater Oklahoma.
    It’s the home of Oklahoma State University.
    3rd place finisher at teh 2007 NCAA Championship in Terre Haute.
    Of all the big cross country invites to include the Dellinger invite, chili pepper invite,the one in Minnesota that Iu used to go to, Notre Dames invite..
    This one is the most interesting one to me.
    not only are the hoosiers running in it, but another team to look for is Tulsa, who finished very well last year at Pre-Nats and could be tough and division 2 powerhouse Abilene Christian I think will be there.
    Oklahoma State and Coach Dave Smith has the best recruiting class coming in with German Fernandez, Colby Lowe and Ryan Prentiss.
    I am very sorry for the two losses incurred on the IU squad, but man there are some great returning runners coming back.
    Man, I love the distances and cross country.
    You folks train hard and be proud.
    You have some big fans out here.

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