EUGENE, Ore. -- Natasha Hastings' ultra-new, ultra-light shoes were also ultra- soggy.

She'd just splashed to a victory in 51.86 seconds in the third of four first-round heats of the women's 400-meter dash at the USA Olympic Trials.

Getting dry became her first priority on this rainy Friday at Hayward Field, followed by getting ready for a semifinal race on Saturday.

"I only ran fast enough to advance," said Hastings, 25, a Brooklyn-born, University of South Carolina alum out of A.P. Randolph High School in Manhattan who lives in Rosedale.

She brought back a gold medal four years ago, after running the third leg in the opening round of the women's 4 x 400 relay at the 2008 Beijing Games.

She didn't get to run the 4 x 400 final at Beijing, as the "A" team of Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix, Monique Henderson and Sanya Richards did the honors.

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Now, Hastings' ambitions are far higher.

An individual medal in London is her primary goal. And if that happens, she'd be a candidate for another medal in the 4 x 400.

She's been running "the circuit" too long, though, to get overconfident.

"The real races are just ahead," Hastings said. "And they'll be a whole lot faster. It will definitely take a [50-second run] just to make the U.S. team, and probably a [49-second run] to medal."

The new shoes -- all pink, all glitz -- were given to her courtesy of her sponsor, Under Armour.

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"You can't buy them anywhere," Hastings said. "They're just for Under Armour athletes. Maybe someday you'll see them in stores. Mabe if I do something big."