Matthews to Compete at U.S. Olympic Trials
Former Jackets Howard, Taylor, Jordan, and Gardner are also competing
EUGENE, Ore. – Georgia Tech track & field rising sophomore Bria Matthews will compete for a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games, joining four former Jackets at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. The competition takes place July 1-10 with Matthews competing in the preliminary rounds of the long jump (July 1) and the triple jump (July 4).
The final of the women’s long jump is July 2 and the final of the women’s triple jump is July 7.
The top three finishers at the Olympic Trials who have already met the Olympic Games qualifying standard will comprise the USA’s entrants in each event.
Matthews is coming off of one of the most remarkable freshman campaigns in school history. In addition, she won both the long jump and triple jump at the U.S. Junior Nationals last weekend, earning a spot in the World Under-20 Championships.
In addition to Matthews, Tech alumni Chaunte Howard Lowe (2004, 2008 & 2012 Olympian), Angelo Taylor (2000, 2004, 2008 & 2012 Olympian and a three-time gold medalist), Alphonso Jordan and Jonathan Gardner will compete at the trials.
Current Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Participants:
Former Yellow Jackets:
Jonathan Gardner – Triple Jump (Prelims 7/7 - 7:45 p.m. ET)
Chaunte Howard Lowe - High Jump (Prelims 7/1 – 7:15 p.m. ET)
Alphonso Jordan – Triple Jump (Prelims 7/7 - 7:45 p.m. ET)
Angelo Taylor – 400m Hurdles (Prelims 7/7 - 9:53 p.m. ET)