EUGENE, Ore. When it comes to track at the Beijing Olympics next month, Utah's collective eyes will be on the steeplechase.
For the second time in three days, a Utah distance runner has qualified to competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.
Former BYU standout Josh McAdams earned a Beijing berth with a third-place finish in the men's steeplechase finals Saturday afternoon at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.
He joins former Weber State All-American and current Wildcat coach Lindsey Anderson on the Olympic team she placed second in Thursday's late-night women's finals.
Anthony Famglietti of adidas set Saturday's early pace and held the lead throughout, winning with a time of 8 minutes, 20.24 seconds.
William Nelson of the University of Colorado finished second at 8:21.47 and McAdams finished third at 8:21.99 to round out the Olympic qualifiers.
The rest of the pack was no closer than 14-plus seconds behind the threesome. Ogden resident Michael Spence, who ran at Princeton and now represents IBR/Asics, was sixth at 8:35.48.
McAdams, who won the NCAA steeplechase title in 2006 and was both the USA Outdoors and Pan American champion last year, said he anticipated Famiglietti to start off fast and strong.
"That is the way he races," he said. "You run within yourself. That was the plan just to sit back and work your way up slowly. Don't go out too hard."
McAdams was as far as seventh in the opening lap and shuttling between fourth and fifth at the midway point.
"First with the head and then with the heart that is what I had to do," McAdams said of his strategy. "Run within myself and then, those last two or three laps, just let go. That is what I did."
McAdams and Nelson closed the gap on Famiglietti, in the final two laps and passed Reebok's Brian Olinger, who ran much of the race in second before tailing off to finish seventh.
"When Billy (Nelson) passed me, I thought the chase pack was coming," said McAdams of the final laps, recalling how me talked himself through the end. "That's when I was like, 'You have to go with Billy if you are going to be there. You have to stay in the top three past that finishing line from now on. With 1,000 (meters) left, you have to stay in third,' and that is just the whole idea."