CSU’s Drummond earns spot at U.S. Olympic Trials

Charleston Southern senior Braxton Drummond secured a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials, shattered the Big South Conference long jump record and delivered the top effort in the NCAA Division I ranks this season on Saturday at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational.

Drummond jumped an impressive 8.10 meters on his first attempt to beat his closest competitor by half a meter. It is .05 meters past the 8.05 automatic qualifying mark set by U.S.A Track & Field and means that Drummond will participate in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., on July 2-3. There, he will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the Olympics in Brazil.

College of Charleston fell to No. 7 ranked James Madison, 5-1, on Sunday at Patriots Point. Samantha Martin tossed 32/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Cougars (23-18, 3-6 CAA), whose only run came on an RBI single by Valerie Cassell.

Charleston Southern was unable to rally in extra innings in a 6-5 loss to Campbell. Stephanie Bergmann led the Bucs (18-22, 6-6 Big South), going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Stevi Johnson added two hits.

College of Charleston fell to Florida Gulf Coast in the team’s final match of the Fiesta on Siesta Key tournament. The Cougars’ lone point came from Melissa Morello and Kayla Tronick, who had a 21-16, 21-4 victory in Flight No. 1.

College of Charleston travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to participate in the Florida State Tournament on Friday and Saturday.