University of Colorado assistant coach Casey Malone just missed earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championships later this summer in Moscow.

Malone finished fourth in the men's discus with a top throw of 199 feet, 11 inches on Friday at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lance Brooks (204-4), Russ Winger (203-6) and James Plummer (203-3) were the top three finishers to claim the three discus spots for Moscow.

Meanwhile, Billy Nelson and Aric Van Halen both advanced to the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase final as automatic qualifiers by finishing in the top five of their respective heats.

Nelson, an assistant for the Buffs, had the second fastest time overall of the qualifiers. He finished in 8 minutes, 37.87 seconds. Craig Forys won Nelson's heat and had the top overall time of 8:37.79.

Van Halen, who graduated from CU in May, finished fifth in his heat and with the 11th-best overall time of 8:46.63.

The men's steeplechase final is Sunday afternoon.

More Buffs take the track Saturday. CU senior Shalaya Kipp will participate in the women's steeplechase final. It is slated for a 3:20 p.m. MT start and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports. Former Buffs Jeremy Dodson will also race Saturday in the 200-meter dash at 1:40 p.m.

 

USA Outdoor Championships

Drake Stadium, Des Moines, Iowa

Current and former CU athletes

 

3,000-Meter Steeplechase (first round): (1. Craig Forys, NY Athletic Club, 8:37.79) 2. Billy Nelson, 8:37.87; 11. Aric Van Halen, 8:46.63

Men's Discus Throw (finals): (1. Lance Brooks, Nike, 204-4) 4. Casey Malone, 199-11