Martinez, Leer advance at USA Track; White seventh

Several local athletes were in action in the first day of action at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at Eugene, Ore.

Corey White of USC, who competed in track and football at the University of Redlands his freshman and sophomore years, finished seventh in the javelin with a throw of 238 feet, 11 inches. He went into the event with the second best mark in the country.

Junior Brenda Martinez of UC Riverside placed 12th in a field of 26 runners in the first round of the 800 meters which was good enough to earn her a spot in the today’s semifinal. The Rancho Cucamonga native ran a 2:05.78.

Pomona-Pitzer graduate Will Leer, now running professionally for the Oregon Track Club, was third in the 1,500 meter prelim with a time of 3:42.18 which easily qualified him for Sunday’s final.

Big Bear’s Chad Hall, Martinez’ teammate at UC Riverside, wasn’t as fortunate. He was 41st of 48 runners in 3:50.80.