NCAA javelin champion Dana Pounds failed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team this week, when her toss of 189 feet, 9 inches Monday night at the U.S. Olympic trials, was short of the Olympic standard.
Kara Patterson, who won the trials, and American champion Kim Kreiner, who finished fourth, but had already met the Olympic standard, will be heading to Beijing.
When a top-three finisher in some past Olympic trials didn't make the distance, they were allowed to go after the mark at other pre-Olympic meets. Pounds will not be allowed to do so this year.
Pounds, and her throws coach, Ralph Lindeman, are pursuing the appeal.
The appeal originally was being heard by USA Track and Field. On Wednesday afternoon, Pounds' father, Rick, said his daughter called to say the appeal now was in the hands of the United States Olympic Committee.
While it's not clear if the USOC will rule in favor of Pounds, her father is optimistic. "The appeal is moving forward. I take that as a positive," he said.