July 1, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown track & field standout Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) automatically qualified for the 800-meter semifinals at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials following a second-place finish in his first round heat on Friday. The trials, slated for July 1-10, are held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
A live broadcast of the trials will be available on NBC and its family of networks in addition to their digital properties. The 10-day meet can be streamed in its entirety on the NBC Sports Live Extra app.
White entered the first round with experience on his side. Lined up in one of the outer lanes, when the two groups converged going in to the back straightaway, White peered over his left shoulder and made sure to speed up to ensure a spot toward the front. From that point on, White stayed on the rail and was patient through 500 meters.
The rising junior was strong through the final turn and his push up the home straightaway bolstered the All-American to second place, clocking 1:48.68 for the automatic qualifier.
"It really helped to have so many people there watching to get the adrenaline going," White said after the race. "I felt really good today and I'm glad I'll be back for the semifinals. Coach Bonsey and I had a different race plan depending on how fast it went out and the plan definitely worked."
White advances to the 16-athlete semifinal, set for Saturday, July 2 at 3 p.m. ET.
Saturday on the Track (all times Eastern)
2:04 p.m. - Women's 10,000-Meter Finals (Emily Infeld)
3 p.m. - Men's 800-Meter Semifinals (White)