Scoresheet: Is Micah Williams going to the Olympics?
Olympic track and field trials — Benson High grad Micah Williams qualified for the United States' relay pool for the Olympics in Tokyo this summer by finishing fifth in the finals of the men's 100-meter dash on Sunday, June 20 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
The official USA Olympic team will be announced after the conclusion of the Olympic Trials on Sunday, June 27.
Williams made it through the first round and semifinals to be one of eight sprinters in the finals, where he ran the fastest 100 of his career, 9.91 seconds. The only college runner to reach the finals, Williams finished 0.05 behind third-place finisher Fred Kerley.
His time is the fifth fastest 100 in history by a college sprinter and the fastest ever by an Oregon Ducks' sprinter. The time is also a new junior world record for a runner younger than 20. The 19-year-old Williams beat the 9.97 run by Trayvon Bromell in 2014.
Bromell, now 25, won Sunday's 100 final with a time of 9.80.
"I did surprise myself," the Oregon Ducks' freshman told GoDucks.com. "I didn't expect it. I went in there confident, but I didn't know what I was going to run. That's the fastest I've run, 9.91, and made the USA team as a 19-year-old. … That's a true accomplishment."
Williams finished ahead of 200-meter world champion Noah Lyles and five-time Olympic medal winner Justin Gatlin.
Gatlin, who won Olympic gold in 2004 in the 100, is 39 — almost twice Williams' age.
The Olympic Trials at Hayward Field continue Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 27. Television coverage can be found each day on NBC/KGW (8) or NBCSN.
Tickets are available, some in vaccinated-only sections, through TrackTown20.com.
The meet got off to a big start on June 18 when Barlow High grad Ryan Crouser won the shot put with a world-record mark of 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches.
Crouser, the defending Olympic champion, won the men's shot put with a world-record mark on his fourth attempt of the day. His mark of 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches broke the record set by Rick Barnes (75-10) in 1990.
Crouser appeared to know he had done something special, raising his arms in celebration almost as soon as the 16-pound shot left his hand.
Also that day, former Portland Pilots runner Woody Kincaid won the men's 10,000.
Winterhawks open Oct. 1 — The Portland Winterhawks will begin the 2020-21 Western Hockey League season on Friday, Oct. 1 with a game at Tri-City, then play their home opener Saturday, Oct. 2 against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
The WHL announced home openers for each of its teams.
The full schedule for the Winterhawks is slated to be revealed at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 23.
The WHL is planning a 68-game regular season to run through April 3, 2022. There will not be any games between Western Conference teams and Eastern Conference teams.
Portland will play in Seattle's home opener on Oct. 9 in Kent, Washington.
No Gonzaga visit to Portland — Gonzaga will not play at the University of Portland during the 2021-22 West Coast Conference men's basketball season.
The conference announced opponents for a 16-game conference schedule. The Pilots will play at Gonzaga and will host Santa Clara and play the other seven WCC teams both home and away. Dates for games hare to be determined, with conference play beginning Dec. 30, 2021.
The WCC adopted the 16-game schedule for men's basketball beginning with the 2018-19 season to allow Gonzaga and other NCAA Tournament contenders the opportunity to schedule a couple extra high-profile out of conference games.
The conference still plays a full 18-game slate for women's basketball.
Prince, U.S., win gold — Oregon Ducks sophomore post Sedona Prince helped the United States to the gold medal at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup. Prince averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds and blocked seven shots as the USA went 6-0, advancing to one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments that will determine 12 teams in the 2022 FIBA World Cup.
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