University of Texas junior Byron Robinson runs in the 4x400 meter relay at the Texas Relays on April 2, 2016. Robinson qualified for the 2016 Olympics on Sunday Shelby Tauber for the Austin American-Statesman


Byron Robinson, Ashley Spencer headed to Rio, Leo Manzano falls short

Posted July 10th, 2016

Story highlights
  • Robinson places second in 400-meter hurdles
  • Spencer takes silver, qualifies for Rio games
  • Leo Manzano places fourth in 1,500 meter, misses out on making U.S. squad

Texas junior Byron Robinson outpaced a former Olympic silver medalist to take silver in the men’s 400-meter hurdles and Texas Ex Ashley Spencer placed second in the women’s 400-meter hurdles on the final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials Sunday in Eugene, Oregon.

Robinson was the only collegiate athlete in the field and placed second behind 2008 silver medalist Kerron Clement. Clement won in 48.50 seconds and Robinson was right behind at 48.79. Clement will be joining his third Olympic team. Michael Tinsley, a Round Rock resident who won silver in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, was third in 48.82.

Spencer made her first Olympic team by crossing the finish in 54.02 seconds. Dalilah Muhammad ran the fastest time in the world this year, 52.88 seconds, and took first. 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin made the team with a third place finish (54.15). According to USA Track and Field, she will be the youngest to compete for the U.S. track team since 1972.


2012 silver medalist and former Texas runner Leo Manzano fell just short of making the U.S. team in the 1,500-meter. Manzano nearly caught Ben Blankenship on the final stretch, but ended up placing fourth in 3:36.62. Matthew Centrowitz won with a time of 3:34.09 and Robby Andrews was second at 3:34.88. Blankenship earned the final spot at 3:36.18.

Marielle Hall, who made the U.S. team with a third place showing in the 10,000 meters final, placed seventh in the 5,000 meters race at 15:24.47.

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