Posted: Jun 18, 2012 5:18 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Jun 18, 2012 10:40 PM
Chris Randolph will represent the Central Coast at the US Olympic Trials starting on Friday. The 28 year old decathlete will compete for a spot on the US Olympic team at the Olympic Trials. Randolph practiced for a final time on Monday at Cal Poly with long time coach Jack Hoyt. Hoyt is an assistant at Cal Poly and the reason Randolph moved to San Luis Obispo in 2008.
Randolph was born in Lompoc, he went to high school in Denver and attended Seattle Pacific University where as a senior he was named Division-2 Field Athlete of the Year. Randolph trained with Hoyt at Seattle Pacific and followed him to San Luis Obispo in 2008 to prepare for the Beijing Olympics.
Randolph failed to qualify for the Olympic team in 2008, he finished 10th in the dacathlon at the US Trials.
Randolph's best finish at an USA Outdoor Championships was fourth place in 2009. He finished fifth in 2011. Only the top three finishers at the Trials earn spots on Team USA and trips to London. His top score of the season of 7,840 points ranks 13th best in the field at Trials. His career-best score is 8,066 points.
The first five events of the decathlon, including the long jump and high jump, which are two of his strongest events, take place Friday. The Trials are taking place at legendary Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The final five events are set for Saturday.
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