Berian posts top time in men's 800M qualifier; UO's Rogers advances to women's semi

Boris Berian posted the top time in the 800M in qualifying round at the USATF Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., on July 1, 2016 (Katie Pietzold photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - One of the biggest stories out of the first round of the men's 800M involved a runner not on the track: Nick Symmonds.

The two-time Olympian withdrew from the Olympic trials on Thursday, citing an ankle injury.

But there was still plenty of competition through 4 heats. The top 3 in each heat advance to the semi-finals at noon Saturday. The finals are Monday at 5:51 p.m.

Boris Berian won the second heat. He is coming off a gold medal finish in the 800 at the world indoors up in Portland.

"Just trying to stay as focused as I can, you know, keep all the crazy legal stuff to my agent and lawyers, and me just stay relaxed and focus on running, and relaxing," he said.

Berian was referencing a contract dispute with Nike over the last few months.

Within the last 24 hours, he signed a new contract with New Balance.

Berian ended up with the top qualifying time through four heats.

In the women's 800M, former Oregon Duck Laura Roesler failed to qualify. Current Duck Raevyn Rogers finished third in her heat and moved on to Saturday's semi-final.

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