Former LA Tech Sprinter Michael Coleman Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

June 18, 2012

RUSTON, La. - Former Louisiana Tech sprinter Michael Coleman has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials after running an “A” standard qualifying time of 20.55 Saturday at the USATF Southwest Region Open Championships in Houston.

Coleman, a former All-American, was a 12-time WAC Champion sprinter for the Bulldogs from 2006-10. His time of 20.55 makes him one of 24 qualified entries in the men’s 200m dash at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

“Honestly, I am more excited about this than for qualifying for the NCAA Championships when I was in college,” Coleman said. “This is for the chance to compete at the Olympics. It is very excited. The way my body is performing right now, I think I have a good chance to make the finals. I am really excited but just need to keep focusing on training for Eugene.”

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials will be held at Historic Heyward Field in Eugene, Ore. on June 22 – July 1.

Coleman makes the third Louisiana Tech (current or former) athlete to qualify for an nation’s Olympic Trials meet in four events. Six-time All-American Chelsea Hayes has qualified in the 100m and the long jump while former thrower Jason Morgan is expected to represent his native Jamaica at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

All three athletes continue to train in Ruston.

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