Edwards Headed to U.S. Olympic Trials
July 6, 2004
Courtesy McMurry Sports Information Office
ABILENE, Texas McMurry University triple jumper Darcell Edwards has provisionally qualified for the USA Track and Field Olympic Team Trials in Sacramento, Calif. She is scheduled to compete in the qualifying round on Friday (July 9) at 8:30 p.m. CDT, followed by Sundays (July 11) finals at 3:30 p.m.
Edwards earned a B-qualification status last week after her performance of 44 feet and 2 inches at the Runsport All Comers meet held at Rice University. She easily cleared the provisional mark of 42-11 3/4 and was only 3 1/2 inches shy of the automatic benchmark of 44-5 1/2. Edwards is currently ranked 14th among the 24 competitors who will advance to the Trials for a chance to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
For Darcell, this opportunity is a dream come true. For McMurry, this is a big statement for NCAA Division III that shows the caliber of student-athletes that can be recruited at this level. This says tons about our program, McMurry track and field coach Barbara Crousen said. She became a great athlete and never gave up, despite her health problems a few years ago.
A graduated McMurry senior from Coleman (Texas) High School, Edwards is a six-time NCAA Division III champion and 10-time All-American in the indoor/outdoor triple and long jumps. Edwards also owns the American Southwest Conference long jump and triple jump championship records.
Edwards becomes the first McMurry student-athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials since 1964 when Bill Miller performed in the long jump, setting a mens school record of 26-6 3/4 that still stands today.
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