Livingstone graduate vying for historic spot on U.S. Olympic Team this weekend
Posted on July 1st, 2016 at 3:19 pmComments Closed
SALISBURY, N.C. – Livingstone graduate Quanera Hayes makes her first attempt at earning a spot on the United States Olympic team tonight when she competes in the 400 meters at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Hayes, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Livingstone in 2015, would become the school’s first graduate to compete on a U.S. Olympic team. The Olympics will be held August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro and will be broadcast by NBC.
“I feel that Quanera has a great chance to make the U.S. Olympic team as an individual and as a finals relay member,” said Head Track and Field Coach Justin Davis. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching her compete for the last five years and know how driven she is. Quanera is the future of women’s 400 meters racing, and it so happens that she’s gotten the opportunity to have one full professional season under her belt before competing in the Olympic trials.”
Davis said back in April Hayes ran an amazing time in the Bahamas to place her in the top three in the world in the 400 meters. He hopes she carries that momentum with her tonight in Oregon and throughout the weekend.
“She comes in with the second fastest time this year in the U.S. in the 400 meters, and given the fact that she now has one full year of professional competition under her belt, I feel she’ll be able to get through the rounds very well and make the U.S. Olympic team.”
Hayes is also competing in the 200 meters this weekend.
Track and field athletes will be vying for top-three finishes and spots on the U.S. team through July 10 in Eugene, Oregon. Competition will be broadcast on NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.
Hayes can be seen competing via webcast sometime after 8:45 tonight. Should she post one of the qualifying times tonight, Hayes advances to the semi-finals tomorrow. The finals will be held on Sunday, live beginning at 10 p.m. (See links below for scheduled broadcasts.)
2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field Schedule (Note all times are Pacific Standard Time)
“We are very proud to have a Livingstone graduate competing for a chance to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games,” said President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “It was a joy watching Quanera run when she competed for Livingstone under Coach Davis, and I am excited about tuning in tonight to see her. The entire Livingstone College family is behind Quanera, and we anticipate celebrating Sunday night after she earns the right to go to Rio.”
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