PROVO When you're competing for a spot on the Olympic team, almost everything has to go perfectly in order to succeed.
With mostly cloudy skies, an occasional drizzle and temperatures hovering between 55 and 60 degrees much of Friday afternoon, LaShauntea Moore couldn't exactly say conditions were perfect.
Moore, who is trying to secure a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the second time, attempted twice Friday to hit the required "A" standard first in the 100-meter dash, then in the 200-meter dash.
In the 100 meters, Moore fell short by 0.30 seconds. She was much closer in the 200 meters, however, falling just 0.08 seconds short with a mark of 23.08.
"I'm not used to this climate," Moore said as she grabbed her backpack and started to leave. "I'm used to training in 90-degree weather. My body's not loose enough."
Nevertheless, Moore was happy with her performance in spite of the conditions and has confidence that with supposedly warmer weather today, she'll hit the standard.
Moore is just one of numerous aspiring Olympic athletes in Provo for the weekend competing at the High Performance Sprint and Power meet.
Other renowned athletes include 2004 Olympic gold medalists Monique Hennagan (women's 4x400-meter relay), Darold Williamson (men's 4x400-meter relay), Tim Mack (pole vault) and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Stacy Dragila (pole vault).
Along with being the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, Dragila is also a two-time world champion, a world indoor champion and a multi-time U.S. indoor and outdoor champion.
Dragila notched a 4.40, just 0.05 meters short of the "A" standard, at the California Invitational on May 10. On Friday, she managed just a 4.30.
Although the weather was less than ideal, a few athletes managed to still hit the "A" standard.
Dawn Harper and Nichole Denby both hit the "A" standard in the 100-meter hurdles Harper with a mark of 12.83 and Denby with a mark of 12.89. Harper's time was a personal best, outdoing her previous best of 12.96 set on May 10. Denby's personal best is 12.77, which was set on May 8.
Ebonie Floyd, a 24-year-old graduate out of the University of Houston, outran Hennagan in the 400-meter dash, hitting the "A" standard with a mark of 51.36. Hennagan ended up finishing fourth with a mark of 52.26.
"I just ran it to run," said Floyd, who is unsure whether or not she'll head to Eugene next month for the Olympic Trials. "To come out here and set a PR is good."
Floyd said had the weather been better, she might have been able to run even faster.
Despite the sketchy weather, meet director Doug Padilla was satisfied with how the events went and hoped today will be better.
"There's a lot that goes into (preparing), but there's a lot of good people here," Padilla said. "We had some good officials and some spectators. We're just hoping for some good performances."