June 29, 2012
Janay DeLoach, the second-ranked long jumper in the world, will have the opportunity to compete for Olympic gold after earning a spot on the U.S. team.
Janay DeLoach is going to the Olympics!
DeLoach, a three-time All-American at CSU, finished third in the long jump finals Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, earning her spot in the London Games. It will be the first Olympics for DeLoach, who is the lone former CSU track and field athlete to qualify for the Summer Games.
DeLoach, who came into the Trials ranked second in the world, qualified for the U.S. team with a leap of 23 feet, 2 3/4 inches. Joining her in London will be Brittney Reese, the world's top-ranked jumper who won with a leap of 23-5 1/4, and Chelsea Hayes, a recent graduate of Louisiana Tech, who was a surprising second with a career-best leap of 23-3 1/2.
DeLoach, 26, had the top qualifying jump in Thursday's preliminary round. She has won titles at the past two U.S. Indoor Championships, and this spring won a silver medal at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Her coach, CSU assistant Tim Cawley, was on hand over the weekend in Eugene, Ore., to watch DeLoach chase her Olympic dream. She will be the first female CSU athlete to compete in the Olympic long jump.
The 2012 Summer Olympics begin July 25 in London. DeLoach will compete Aug. 7-8 in the long jump.