EUGENE, OR - This past weekend Merrillville’s own David Neville III, competed in the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Hoping to return to the Olympic stage after winning a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash, Neville ran out of time. Finishing 24 in a field of 28, Neville did not make it past prelims running a time of 46.70 seconds.
However, there are reasons to be optimistic after this past weekend’s competition. The first being that Neville, 28, may still have a chance at an Olympic Games in his future. The legendary Michael Johnson was 33 when he won Gold in 2000 Sydney Olympics. With hard work and focus Neville can look back on this experience and regain dominance in the 400 once again.
Another reason for optimism is that Neville, a graduate of Indiana University, has opened the door for other runners from the state. Indiana University had three athletes running in the 400 meter dash at the trials. The three athletes included Neville, Chris Vaughn and Kind Butler III. Vaughn placed 26th out of the field while Butler finished 15th respectfully in the 400 meter dash.
Although it may take another four years for the Region and Indiana to be represented in the Olympic Games, the surge of talent coming out of the state is promising. There is a good chance the next showing will be a strong one for the Hoosier state.