Lolo Jones has become the media darling of track an field in recent months, capturing America’s attention with her tumultuous childhood, heartbreaking Olympic experience and revelation about her virginity.
So far this year, Lolo’s performances have not warranted the enormous quantities of attention she’s received. Jones has run a season’s best of 12.75 seconds to take fifth in Oslo, making her just the 14th best performer in the world and 9th best American of 2012.
Jones made her debut in Eugene on Friday in the 100 meter hurdle prelims, placing third in heat two in a time of 13.01 seconds. The top three places in each preliminary race received automatically qualified to the semifinal on Saturday.
“I didn’t really execute the first five [hurdles]. After the false start, I realized it was the prelim and top three would make it through,” Jones said after the race. “I kind of relaxed too much at the start.”
It isn’t clear how hard Jones ran but she was clearly beaten in her heat by two women in contention to make the Olympic team – defending U.S. champion Kellie Wells and 2011 world silver medalist Danielle Carruthers.
The Lolo Jones saga continues on Saturday with the 100 meter hurdle semifinal at 3:15 pm. She’ll be in heat two and will need to place in the top two or be one of the two fastest losers in order to make the final.