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June 12, 2012

METRO ROUNDUP: Quintet of Sycamores vie for Olympic spots

TERRE HAUTE — Two current Indiana State University athletes and three former Sycamores are expected to compete for a spot of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field team.

Felisha Johnson and Major Clay have been entered for the U.S. Olympic Trials, as are former Indiana State athletes Jordan Fife, Kylie Hutson and Erica Moore.

The trials are June 21 to July 1 at Eugene, Ore.

Johnson currently ranks 16th on the USA track and field performance list, which includes professionals and amateurs and marks from both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Clay, who completed his eligibility at Indiana State this past season, is a provisional qualifier in the men’s high jump with a school record indoor leap of 7 feet, 5 inches (2.26 meters) that he accomplished at the EIU Friday Night Special in February. That height currently ranks fourth on the USA Track & Field performance list and is just shy of the A standard of 7-5 3⁄4 (2.28 meters).

Fife competed at Indiana State from 2004-2007. He is a provisional qualifier in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 8:33.89 which he ran at Palo Alto, Calif., in April. The time ranks him 10th on the USA Track & Field performance list and is just shy of the A standard of 8:32.00 which would have automatically qualified him for the Olympic Trials.

Hutson competed at Indiana State from 2007-2010. Her best vault of the 2012 indoor season came at the USATF Indoor championships at 14-10 (4.52 meters) which surpassed the A standard of 14-9 to automatically qualify her for the Olympic Trials.

Moore competed at Indiana State from 2007-2010. She finished third place finish in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Championships with a personal best 1:59.97 and ran a personal best outdoors of 2:00.72 at the Adidas Grand Prix.

Both times surpass the A standard of 2:01.30 and automatically qualifies her for the Olympic Trials. She currently ranks fifth on the USA Track & Field performance list.

Another current member of the Sycamore team, Greggmar Swift, will be competing for a spot on the Barbados Olympic Team later this month in the 110 meter hurdles.

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