SACRAMENTO -- A couple of sprinters who may be barred from the Athens Games because of positive drug tests sped into the men's and women's finals in the 200 meters yesterday at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Torri Edwards, who faces a two-year ban if found guilty of using a banned stimulant, had the fastest time of 22.38 seconds in the semifinals of the women's 200. Mickey Grimes, who faces a lifetime ban if found guilty of a second drug violation, moved into the men's 200 final by placing third in his semifinal.
Meanwhile, Regina Jacobs, who announced her retirement earlier this week, became the fourth US track and field athlete to receive a multiyear suspension after a positive test for the steroid THG. The US Anti-Doping Agency announced that Jacobs, whose long and remarkably successful middle-distance running career ended in disgrace because of the positive test, has been suspended for four years.
Jacobs, 40, accepted the ban and agreed to forfeit all of her results starting with her 12th national title in the 1,500 -- which she won last year on the same day she tested positive for THG.
Bryan Clay won the decathlon with 8,660 points. Mustafa Abdur-Rahim of Brookline, Mass., finished sixth.
Monique Hennagan won the women's 400, Melvin Lister captured the men's triple jump, and Breaux Greer won the men's javelin.
Seaman walks tall
Rhode Island-born racewalker Tim Seaman won yesterday's 20,000-meter event and Kevin Eastler, formerly of Farmington, Maine, took third to mark the third time at the Trials at least two participants with New England ties qualified for next month's Olympic Games in one event.
On Friday night, Deena Kastor, who was born in Waltham, Mass., won the 10,000-meter run, while Kate O'Neill of Milton, Mass., took third. On Monday night, Shayne Culpepper, who spent two years at the University of Vermont before transferring to Colorado, won the 5,000, with Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead third.
Seaman, who won in 1 hour 25 minutes 40 seconds, is a seven-time US Indoor champion and was born in North Kingston, R.I., but grew up on Long Island. Taking second was John Nunn (1:26:23). Eastler, who resides in Fort Collins, Colo., finished in 1:28:49.
Joe Burris of the Globe staff contributed to this report.