Memphis Native Qualifies for Olympic Trials
April 17, 2000
Memphis, Tenn.-- - With an NCAA automatic qualifying long jump of 8.07m (26-5.), sophomore Delvit Rogers, a graduate of Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis, has qualified for the USA Olympic Trials to be held July 14-23 in Sacramento, California.
The minimum qualifying distance for the Olympic trials in the long jump is 7.86 meters. There are two levels to qualifying for the Olympic trials. The first is to surpass the 8.10-meter mark. Long jumpers who pass that mark are qualified as funded athletes, meaning the U.S. Olympic Committee covers their expenses to and in Sacramento during the trials. Athletes who pass the 7.86-meter mark are responsible for paying for their own expenses.
Rogers has two meets remaining in the regular season before the Conference USA Meet in New Orleans, May 11-13. He is .03 meters shy of qualifying as a funded athlete for the trials.
The NCAA Championships, which Rogers qualified for at the LSU meet, will be held May 31-June 3 at Duke University.
The deadline for Rogers to submit his best long jump distance for the Olympic trials is June 19th.
The U.S. Olympic Trial preliminaries for the long jump will be held at 5:45 p.m., Saturday, July 15th. The finals will be held July 17th at 7:30 p.m. with the top three finishers advancing to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The last Tiger to participate in the U.S. Olympic trials was William Singleton in the 800-meter run in 1984. Former Tiger Terron Wright also qualified for the trials and made the US Olympic team in 1980 in the 300-yard dash. But Wright, a three-time All-American, never competed in an Olympics because the US boycotted the 1980 summer games.