Rome, a six-time All-American at Boise State, turned in an effort of 207'-10" in finishing behind Nike teammate Lance Brooks (213'-9"). Jason Young, who also competes for Nike, was third with a mark of 203'-11."
A 2000 graduate of Boise State, Rome will be making his second appearance in the Olympics after having previously competed in the discus at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Rome becomes the second Boise State athlete to qualify for the London Olympics. Broncos senior Kurt Felix, the MW Male Student-Athlete of the Year, will compete in the decathlon for his native country of Grenada.
Meanwhile, former UNLV athlete Christine Spence posted the seventh-fastest time (56.28) in the prelims of the women's 400-meter hurdles Thursday night. Spence, who advanced to today's semifinals, finished second overall in her heat. The top mark belonged to Lashinda Demus (Nike), who was clocked in 55.29
New Mexico's Floyd Ross, the runner-up in the men's triple jump at the NCAA Championships earlier this month, finished 16th during Thursday's prelims with an effort of 52'-2." Christian Taylor (Li-Ning) turned in the best mark of the day at 56'-8."
Competition at the trials continues today with TCU's Whitney Gipson, the MW Female Student-Athlete of the Year, taking part in the women's long jump. Also today, Air Force's Paige Blackburn and Falcons' 2006 graduate Dana Pounds-Lyon will compete in the women's javelin, while San Diego State's Allison Reaser begins the first of two days of competition in the heptathlon. Reaser took sixth in the event at the NCAA Championships with a school-record 5,753 points. She would need to finish in the top three and reach the Olympic "A" standard of 6,150 points to advance to London.
The top three finishers in each event qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team. The trials run through July 1.