EUGENE, Ore. - Brady Gehret's quest for a trip to the Olympics has been put on hold for the time being, at least.
Gehret, the Altoona Area High School graduate and Penn State sophomore, placed eighth in the finals of the 400-meter dash on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Gehret posted a time of 45.48 seconds. LaShawn Merritt, representing Nike, won the event with a time of 44.12.
Gehret's 45.22 was the fifth-best time in Saturday's semifinals. He started in Lane 8 - the outside lane - in the finals and looked strong through the first 300 meters before fading down the stretch.
"Ran the fastest 300 of my life ... too bad it's a 400-meter race,'' Gehret posted on his Facebook page. "Good experience, though! Thanks for all the support!''
Tony McQuay and Bryshon Nellum garnered the remaining two Olympic slots with Merritt. McQuay, from Florida, ran a 44.49. Nellum, of USC, crossed the finish line in 44.80.
The 2012 Summer Olympics will be held July 27-Aug. 12 in London.
Gehret was a four-time and two-time PIAA track gold medalist at Altoona High.