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Harding's Janet Cherobon-Bawcom Competes in Olympic Trials
Former Lady Bison and Harding Athletics Hall of Famer Janet Cherobon-Bawcom will have her second chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics on Friday, June 22 at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Cherobon-Bawcom is ranked third among the 24 competitors in the 10,000 meters with a qualifying time of 31 minutes, 33.50 seconds.
Cherobon-Bawcom was a six-time track All-America honoree at Harding from 2002-05. She won Division II national championships in the 2005 indoor 5,000 meters, 2005 outdoor 5,000 meters, and the 2005 outdoor 10,000 meters. Cherobon-Bawcom was inducted into the Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Harding Athletics Hall of Fame in January, 2012.
The 33-year-old Cherobon-Bawcom had her first shot at the Olympics in January when she competed in the marathon trials. The top three finishers qualified for London. Cherobon-Bawcom was fifth, finishing in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 45 seconds. She was just over four minutes behind the winner Shalane Flanagan, and only 3 minutes, 39 seconds behind third-place finisher Kara Goucher.
Friday's 10,000-meter race begins at 9:20 p.m. CT and will air live on NBC Sports Network.