The Georgia track and field teams will be aiming to add a number of Olympic qualifiers as the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials start at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., today.
Eleven current Bulldogs and eight former Georgia standouts will compete in their home country’s Trials between June 18-27. The meet is being held on the University of Oregon campus where the Bulldog women and men just finished third and eighth, respectively, at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 9-12). The top three finishers in each event at the Trials will advance to the Olympic Games in Tokyo on July 23-August 8, barring they have the standard mark/time necessary in their event.
Events begin with the men’s shot put at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. Sophomores Shelby Tyler and Anna Hall begin the action for the Georgia in the women’s high jump at 7:45 p.m. on the meet’s first day.
Tyler and Hall, who is also competing in the heptathlon, join sophomore Matthew Boling (100-meter dash, 200m), sophomore Kyle Garland (decathlon), junior Elija Godwin (400m), senior Amber Tanner (800m), sophomore Jasmine Moore (triple/long jumps), junior Titiana Marsh (triple jump), senior Kayla Smith (pole vault), senior Darius Carbin (high jump) and graduate transfer Asya Reynolds (heptathlon) from the current Bulldogs in the competition.
Former Georgia standouts set to battle at the Trials include Kendal Williams (100m), Keenon Laine (high jump), Garrett Scantling and Devon Williams (decathlon), Lynna Irby (100m/200m), Morgann Leleux (pole vault), Keturah Orji (triple/long jumps) and Kendell Williams (heptathlon).
Orji and Kendell Williams both competed at the 2016 Olympics with Orji taking fourth in the triple jump and Williams finishing 17th in the heptathlon.