Cal Poly Grad Brown Trafton Finishes Fifth in Discus at U.S. Olympic Trials

Cal Poly Grad Brown Trafton Finishes Fifth in Discus at U.S. Olympic Trials

EUGENE, Ore. — Former Cal Poly track & field All-American Stephanie Brown Trafton finished fifth in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the discus on Saturday at Hayward Field.

Whitney Ashley will head to Rio de Janeiro with a leading mark of 204 feet and 2 inches, while Shelbi Vaughan and Kelsey Card took the last two qualifying spots for Aug. 5-21 with throws of 197' 9" and 197' 3". It made for a trio of first-time Olympians in the event.

Brown Trafton began the morning with a mark of 192' 8", fouled the next two attempts, then reached 194' 8" on No. 4, posted a 184' 8" in the next-to-last round, and ultimately improved to 195' 8" on her final throw.

She was just 1' 7" back of advancing to her fourth consecutive Olympic Games following the completion of her Mustang career in 2003.

Brown Trafton, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, has a season-best of 207 feet (on May 29) and a career-best of 222' 3" (formerly the American record, set in 2012). Behind Ashley, she was the second-place qualifier from Friday's prelims (at 199' 5").

Also on Saturday, another school record-holder, pole vaulter John Prader, finished in 16th place in his prelims.

On his first attempt, Prader cleared the opening height of 17' 8.5".

The 2012 All-American and two-time Big West Conference champion jostled the bar loose on his initial two attempts at 18' 0.5" (the qualifying cutoff for the ninth-through-14th advancers to Monday's final) before passing his third chance up to 18' 2.5" (cleared by the top eight who advanced among the field of 24).

Prader's season-best is 18' 6.5" (on April 21), while his career-best is 18' 7.25".

A fifth Cal Poly alum at the trials, Sharon Day-Monroe, will compete in the heptathlon on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 on NBC and NBCSN. Day-Monroe is looking to go to her third straight Olympics after debuting in the high jump in Beijing and shifting to multi-events for London.