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Wright's Olympic dream still alive at track and field trials

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EUGENE, Ore. (WRCB) -- Phoebe Wright's Olympic dream is still alive at the U.S. Track and Field Team Trials at the University of Oregon's Hayward Stadium.

The Red Bank graduate and Signal Mountain native ran the 16th-fastest time in preliminaries for the women's 1,500-meter run Thursday night, qualifying among the top 24 runners for Friday's semifinals.

The top 12 times in the semis will advance to Saturday night's final, where the top three runners will earn a spot on Team USA for the 2012 London Games.

Wright's crossed the line in 4:16.29, which was 2.22 seconds behind Morgan Uceny's top time (4:14.07). The top 24 finishers were separated by less than three-and-a-half seconds.

Wright is running the 1,500m after narrowly missing an Olympic spot in the 800-meters. The former University of Tennessee standout finished fifth in the 800m final on Monday, falling 26-hundredths of a second shy of a trip to London.

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