Dave Gordon is running in the lead pack at the trials (number 10) in this picture. Dave missed making the Olympic team in the marathon by a mere 9 seconds.
Highest Olympic Trials Placers in Area History
Q. Who is the highest placing field event athlete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Thurston County History?
A. Dwight Midles from Timberline High School placed 7th at the 1980 U.S.Olympic Track and Field Trials Hammer Throw with a toss of 216' 4".
Q. Who is the highest placing runner in Thurston County history in the U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials?
A. Dave Gordon from Capital High School placed fourth in the U.S.Marathon Trials in 1984 and was the Olympic team alternate.
Q. Who had the highest place finish of any Thurston County woman in the U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials?
A. Patsy Walker-Pointer from Yelm High School finished fourth in the Heptathlon at the trials in 1984 and was the Olympic team alternate.
You can read more about Dave Gordon here: https://www.coachweber.org/Dave-Gordon.html
You can read more about Patsy Walker-Pointer here: https://www.coachweber.org/Patsy-Walker-Pointer.html
Thurston County is in the State of Washington about 60 miles south of Seattle.
Copyright Larry Weber 2020
Patsy Walker-Pointer is in the Adidas (number 295) shirt finishing ahead of Olympic Gold Medal winner Jackie Joyner Kersee is this event on the track. Patsy was the Olympic team alternate just like Dave Gordon.