EUGENE, Ore. – Charleston Southern long jumper Braxton Drummond finished 17th in the qualifying round of Saturday afternoon's U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Drummond was bidding for a top-12 finish and a spot in Sunday's finals, where the top three advance to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Drummond jumped 7.60 meters on his third and final attempt after fouling on his first two tries. Jeffery Henderson of Adidas paced the field with a jump of 8.22 meters. Marquise Goodwin, competing unattached, nabbed the 12th and final spot in Sunday's finals with a leap of 7.82 meters.
Drummond was attempting to become the second athlete in CSU history to earn a berth in the Olympics. Triple jumper Charlie Simpkins donned the red, white and blue in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, earning a silver medal in the latter event.
Former CSU standout Lavon Allen (Class of 2013) was also in the field but did not start.
Drummond wraps up his career as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. He was recently named 2015-16 Big South Field Athlete of the Year, and is a four-time league champion. He earned First-Team All-American honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2014, and captured a gold medal at the NACAC Under-23 Games in the summer of 2014.