Women's Track & Field takes aim at 2012 Olympic Trials
June 21, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. -- Eighteen current and former members of the University of Texas Women's Track & Field program are vying for spots on their respective countries' Olympic Teams in advance of the 2012 London Olympics, which begin July 27.
Nine of these athletes, three current and six former, will compete for the right to represent the United States at the U.S. Olympic Trials, which will run June 21-July 1 at historic Hayward Stadium on the campus of the University of Oregon. The top three in each event will earn their place on Team USA.
Current Texas student-athletes who qualified and will compete in Eugene include Briana Nelson, Chalonda Goodman and Shanay Briscoe. Former Longhorns who are competing include Alex Anderson, Sanya Richards-Ross, Moushaumi Robinson, Bianca Knight, Michelle Carter and Victoria Lucas. A link to the complete Texas Track & Field competition schedule at the U.S. Olympic Trials can be found at the top of this page.
In addition to Texas' representation in the United States, three current and six former Longhorns have or will aim to qualify for the Olympics on behalf of Nigeria, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Liberia.
Christy Udoh is currently competing in the All Nigeria (Olympic Trials)/Cross-Rivers State Athletics Championships in Calabar, Nigeria, from June 19-22. Udoh placed second in her heat of the 200m (23.25) on June 20.
Jamaica will hold its qualifying meet, the 2012 National Senior Championships, from June 28-July 1 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Current Longhorn Danielle Dowie will compete in the 400m hurdles beginning June 28. Also vying for Olympic Team qualification are former athletes Melaine Walker, Stacey-Ann Smith and Margie Hyman.
Former Longhorn Raasin McIntosh and Angele Cooper, who recently completed her eligibility at Texas, will be looking to qualify for London in the 400m hurdles this month at the All-African Athletics Championships.