Burley Takes Seventh at Olympic Trials

Sacramento, Calif. – Sam Burley, C’03, a standout middle distance runner for the University of Pennsylvania finished seventh in the 800m finals on Monday night at the 2004 Olympic Trials at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Cal-State. Burley, running for Asics, had the fastest qualifying time heading into the finals.

The 2003 NCAA Champion in the event crossed the finish line in a time of 1:46.84. Jonathan Johnson of Texas Tech, the 2004 National Champion, won the event with a personal best 1:44.77. Khadevis Robinson of Nike and Derrick Peterson of Adidas finished second and third, respectively, to also qualify for the Olympic Games in Athens.

Two other former Quakers, Brian Chaput, C’04, and John Taylor, a 1995 graduate, will be competing later this week at the Olympic Trials along with Penn assistant coach Jamie Cook. Chaput, the 2003 NCAA Champion and Penn record holder in the javelin, will compete with training partner Taylor on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the qualifying round. The top 12 athletes will advance to the finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Cook, a three-time All-American at Penn State, will compete in the decathlon on Friday at 2 p.m. and continue action on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Click here for the 2004 Olympic Trials schedule and results.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications