Western Michigan's Horn Finishes Eighth in Finals at US Olympic Trials

Updated 7/1/2008

EUGENE, Ore. -- Becky Horn fell short of the United States Olympic team in the 800-meter run on Monday night at Hayward Field, finishing in eighth place.


Horn was in the top half for the first 300 meters but fell back and got boxed in and soon fell back. Horn ran a time of 2:03.87, just .22 off of the Western Michigan record of 2:03.65 held by Jill Stamison. Representing the United States will be Hazel Clark, Alice Schmidt and Nicole Teter. The top collegiate finisher was Geena Gall of Michigan, who took the title at the NCAA Championships. Horn was second among collegiate finishers.


"She has come so far in these two years of running the 800," said WMU head coach Kelly Lycan. "She made it to the finals, she competed in three tough races and the more she races in these high-level events the better she will get. Her future is very bright and the next few years are going to be very exciting for Becky."


Horn ends her track & field career at Western Michigan as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. In four years the Battle Creek native has won 16 MAC Championships, four Most Outstanding Track performer awards at the MAC Championships and has been named MAC Track Athlete of the Week 13 times. Horn also holds school records in the indoor 400-meter dash (54.47), the indoor 800-meter run (2:06.30), the outdoor 400-meter dash (52.35), is a member of the school record holding 4x200-meter relay team, and is a member of the WMU and MAC record 4x400-meter relay teams for both

outdoors and indoors.


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