Beavers: Kaylee Mitchell accomplishes goal of U.S. Olympic Trials qualification


After setting a school-record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 48.30 seconds on May 15 at the Pac-12 Championships, Oregon State's Kaylee Mitchell will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials this weekend at Hayward Field.

Mitchell joined the Talkin' Beavers Podcast to discuss her program record which came under the U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying standard of 9:50.

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"I knew that I needed to run 9:50 to qualify for the trials," Mitchell said. "I was giving it a shot."

During the race, however, Mitchell was more focused on finishing as high in the race as possible.

"I wasn't really focused on time, I was really focused on place."

But, with 100m to go, she "could see the clock" and knew she could qualify for the Olympic Trials barring a catastrophe.

"I knew I was going to have it if I didn't trip and I just kept pushing for a little bit longer."

The Sprague High School graduate described realizing she would qualify was the "most vivid part of the race." 

The trials begin Friday, June 18, and will occur through June 27th. 

The first round of the steeplechase will take place at 6:35 p.m. on Sunday, June 20th with the finals running on June 24th at 8:47 p.m.