Utah's Julie Jenkins missed again in her second attempt to make the U.S. Olympic Team. On Saturday afternoon, she finished fifth in the finals of the 1,500-meter run in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, duplicating her fifth-place finish in the 800 final last Sunday.
Jenkins, the 1987 NCAA champion from BYU and Plain City, moved into fourth place on the gun lap and appeared to be gaining on Kim Gallagher for third place. But Jenkins faded on the homestretch and was eventually overtaken by Ruth Wysocki, the defending champion, in the last 10 meters for fourth place.Mary Slaney, who also won the 3,000 last Sunday, won the 1,500 with a meet-record time of 3:58.92. Regina Jacobs was second in 4:00.46 and Gallagher, the trials 800-meter champ, was third in 4:05.41. Wysocki clocked 4:06.58 and Jenkins 4:06.66 - which broke her personal record, set in the semifinals, by three seconds.
Jenkins, who was a favorite to make the team in the 800, hadn't run a 1,500 in more than a year, but entered the race anyway, hoping to win a place on the Olympic team. If nothing else, she proved that she might have a future in the longer distance. Her personal record before the trials was 4:15.33.
- By Doug Robinson