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Wright advances, Strang fails to make cut at US Olympic Trials

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Phoebe Wright advanced to the semifinals of the women's 800 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday night. (Photo Courtesy: Associated Press/Chattanooga Times Free Press) Phoebe Wright advanced to the semifinals of the women's 800 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday night. (Photo Courtesy: Associated Press/Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Baylor School grad James Strang failed to qualify for the US Olympic Team in the men's 10,000 meters Friday. (Photo Courtesy: ArkansasRazorbacks.com) Baylor School grad James Strang failed to qualify for the US Olympic Team in the men's 10,000 meters Friday. (Photo Courtesy: ArkansasRazorbacks.com)

EUGENE, Ore. (WRCB) -- One local Olympic dream remains alive, but another came to an end at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Friday night at Hayward Field.

Red Bank grad and former University of Tennessee star Phoebe Wright recorded the second-fastest time in the preliminaries of the women's 800 meters. The Signal Mountain native's run of 2:00.83 easily placed her among the top 16 runners to qualify for Saturday night's semifinals.

Former Indiana University standout Molly Beckwith was the only runner faster than Wright, leading the preliminaries with a time of 2:00.61.

The top three finishers in Monday night's 800m final will earn a spot on Team USA for the upcoming 2012 Summer Games in London.

Wright is also entered in the women's 1,500 meters, which will conduct preliminaries on June 27.

Former Baylor School standout and fellow Signal Mountain native James Strang fell short in his bid to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.

Strang, a former SEC 5,000 meters champion at Arkansas, finished 21st in the men's 10,000 meters with a time of 29:09.07.

Galen Rupp won the event in a blazing 27:25.33, with Matt Tegenkamp (27:33.94) and Dathan Ritzenhein (27:36.09)earning the other two Olympic spots.

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