Three track athletes with ties to the Lowcountry competed in the U.S. Olympic trials Saturday, and one is advancing to the finals of his event.
Capers Williamson, a javelin thrower out of The Citadel, has another shot at making the Rio-bound U.S. Olympic team Monday, when the finals of his event wrap up in Eugene, Oregon.
The javelin event started out with 24 throwers Saturday all vying for 12 spots in the Monday finals. Williamson placed 12th. The top three throwers from Monday’s finale will be the three representatives to compete in Rio de Janeiro in August on the U.S.’s behalf.
Also competing in the trials Saturday were long jumpers Braxton Drummond and Lavon Allen. Drummond is a rising senior at Charleston Southern, and Allen graduated from Charleston Southern in 2013 before enrolling in graduate school at South Carolina State.
Like the javelin, the top 12 of 24 long jumpers advanced to the finals. Drummond placed 17th overall and Allen did not start.