Whitney Ashley. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

Former Aztec Whitney Ashley finished fifth in the discus finals at the U.S. Track and Field Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, failing to qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo.

Ashley’s best throw, her second, went 193-11 (59.10m), 1.11 meters short of the third-place mark. Only three move on to the games.

Ashley had four throws Saturday that topped her best throw from the day before, 190-5 (58.05m). Her third went 192-9 (58.76m), her sixth, 192-1 (58.55m) and her fourth, 190-11 (58.21m).

Ashley, a Moreno Valley native, was the NCAA’s 2012 outdoor champion in the discus while competing for San Diego State.

Valarie Allman took first with a throw of 229-5 (69.92m), while Michaela Hazlewood placed second, at 205-2 (62.54) and Rachel Dincoff third, at 197-6 (60.21m).

Up next at the trials, former Aztecs Ashley Henderson (200m), Kortney Ross (pole vault) and Kristen Brown (pole vault) compete on Thursday.

Shanieka (Thomas) Ricketts competes in the triple jump at the Jamaican Senior National Championships on Sunday.

The Olympics begin July 23.

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