Third Alabama Track and Field Alum Qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
Continuing in the unprecedented success for Alabama Athletics during the 2020-2021 academic year, a third Alabama Track & Field alumni has qualified for the United States in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. This time, it's Mississippi native Shelby McEwen.
McEwen, who competed for the Crimson Tide from 2017 until 2019, qualified for the Olympics after coming in third place in the “high jump” at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. McEwen joins Daniel Haugh, who qualified in the “hammer throw” event, and Quanesha Burks, who qualified for the “long jump.”
During his time at the Capstone, McEwen earned many impressive accolades, including an individual national championship in the “long jump” event during the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championship in Birmingham. When McEwen first arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2018, McEwen was named First Team All-SEC and First Team All-American for the high jump in the Indoor and Outdoor seasons. He also won SEC Championships in this event in both seasons this year.
In the 2019 Indoor and Outdoor seasons, McEwen was named an All-American for the second straight year. After the 2019 Outdoor season, McEwen decided to forgo the rest of his collegiate eligibility and prepare for the 2020 Olympics.
After he qualified for the upcoming tournament, McEwen took to Twitter to share his thoughts on his results.
While McEwen joins two other former Track & Field alumni on the U.S. Olympic team, these three are not the sole Crimson Tide representatives. Click here for a full list of former Crimson Tide stars that will be in Tokyo.
The Tokyo Olympics will begin on Friday, July 23 at 8 p.m. Tokyo time (6 a.m. Central Time) and will be broadcast on NBC’s network of channels.
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