"It's amazing going into your final throw knowing you're the Olympic Trials champion. It's pretty cool."
- Former Wazzu discus tosser, Ian Waltz, who won the men's discus competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field and will represent the USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing next month.
The 2008-09 athletic season is upon the Creek as several current and former Pac-10 athletes qualified for the USA Olympic squad at the recently completed U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene.
Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, men's golf will employ an eight-team match play championship for 2009 and regional championships will be expanded from three to six.
In women's soccer, junior Ali Riley will play at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing as a team member of her native New Zealand.
In track and field, former Washington men's pole vaulter Brad Walker and former women's discus tosser Aretha Thurmond both qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In track and field, former Wazzu discus tosser Ian Waltz and former distance ace Bernard Lagatboth qualified for the USA Olympic team with Lagat becoming the only American athlete to qualify in two events [1500 and 5000 meters].
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