Two National Champions, two former Olympians: Athletes with ties to CT in the Olympic Track and Field Trials

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Starting this week over 500 of America’s best track and field athletes will compete at the Olympic Track and Field Trials for the chance to represent Team USA in this summer’s Olympics.

The Trials, which will be held in Eugene, Oregon at Hayward Field for the third straight time, will run from Wednesday through Sunday, June 27, with the exclusion of Tuesday and Wednesday for athlete rest days. Each event will be broadcast on NBC throughout the trials.

Athletes will have the chance to automatically qualify to their event’s final either by top result or by top-finish in their heat in either the first round or semifinal. The top three finishers in each event’s final will be selected to Team USA per that event, while the fourth-place finisher will be named an alternate.

Nine athletes with ties to Connecticut will compete in this year’s Trials including two athletes with top finishes in last week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and one former Olympian.

Sean Dixon-Bodie

Bloomfield / Bloomfield High School, LSU

Sean Dixon-Bodie finished fourth in the triple jump at 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championship, helping LSU win the overall men's competition title. Dixon-Bodie, from Bloomfield, will compete in the triple jump at this month's Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene.

Sean Dixon-Bodie finished fourth in the triple jump at 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championship, helping LSU win the overall men's competition title. Dixon-Bodie, from Bloomfield, will compete in the triple jump at this month's Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene.

Photo courtesy of LSU Athletics. / Rebecca Warren

Event: men’s triple jump

Highlights: Dixon-Bodie, a freshman at LSU, placed fourth in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships last week with a personal best of 54 feet and 6 inches (16.61 meters). His top finish helped LSU win the overall national title in the men’s competition and earned him First Team All-America honors.

Competition Schedule: Qualifying round: Saturday, June 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET; Final: Monday, June 21 at 7:40 p.m.

Michaela Meyer

Southbury / Pomperaug High School, Virginia

The University of Virginia's Michaela Meyer wins the 800-meter race at the NCAA championships on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Meyer is a native of Southbury, Conn. and a former standout at Pomperaug High School. EUGENE, OR - JUNE 12: during the Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field on June 12, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The University of Virginia’s Michaela Meyer wins the 800-meter race at the NCAA championships on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Meyer is a native of Southbury, Conn. and a former standout at Pomperaug High School. EUGENE, OR - JUNE 12: during the Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Hayward Field on June 12, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

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Event: women’s 800 meters

Highlights: Meyer won the 800-meter national title last Saturday at the NCAA Championship with a personal best time of 2:00.28. With her win, she became the first woman to win a national championship title in track and field in Virginia program history. The UVA graduate senior qualified for the Trials in March and previously competed for Delaware.

Competition Schedule: First round: Thursday June 24 at 10 p.m.; semifinals: Friday, June 25 at 6:02 p.m.; Final: Sunday, June 27 at 7:52 p.m.

Henry Wynne

Westport / Staples High School, Virginia, Brooks Beasts Track Club (Seattle)

The State Open Cross Country meet at Wickham Park, Manchester. The winner, Staples' Henry Wynne. Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register 11/4/12

The State Open Cross Country meet at Wickham Park, Manchester. The winner, Staples' Henry Wynne. Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register 11/4/12

Event: men’s 1,500

Highlights: Wynne, the 2016 NCAA Indoor mile champion, is competing at his first Olympic Trials after also qualifying, but not competing, in 2016. Wynne’s personal best of 3:34.08, which he set in May, is the current No. 2 in the country so far this season.

Competition Schedule: First round: Thursday, June 24 at 9:04 p.m.; semifinals: Friday, June 25 at 7:05 p.m.; Final: Sunday, June 27 at 8:10 p.m.

Donn Cabral

Glastonbuy / Glastonbury High School, Princeton, The New Jersey New York Track Club (Westchester, N.Y.)

Event: men’s steeplechase

Highlights: Cabral is one Connecticut’s most decorated professional runners. At Princeton he won the NCAA title and set the American collegiate record in the steeplechase. He placed eighth in the event at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Competition Schedule: First round: Monday, June 21 at 4:29 p.m.; Final: Friday, June 25 at 4:42 p.m.

Kate Grace

Santa Monica. Calif. / Yale ‘2011, Team Bosshard (Colorado)

Events: women’s 800 and 1,500

Highlights: After setting four school records at Yale, Grace has run for a handful of different professional running clubs, most recently with Team Bosshard in Colorado. The Nike athlete owns the No. 4 fastest time in the country this season in both the 800 (1:59.04) and the 1500 (4:03.54). In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Grace placed eight in the 800-meter final with a time of 1:59.57 in Rio de Janeiro.

Competition Schedule: 1,500 first round: Friday, June 18 at 7:03 p.m., 1,500 semifinals: Saturday June 19, 9:40 p.m., 1,500 final: Monday, June 21 at 8:05 p.m. ... 800 first round: Thursday, June 24 at 10 p.m.; 800 semifinals: Friday, June 25 at 6:02 p.m.; 800 final: Sunday, June 27 at 7:52 p.m.

Kayley Delay

Jacksonville Beach, Florida/ Yale

Event: women’s steeplechase

Highlights: The current Yale senior owns the third-fastest steeplechase time in program history (10:12.74) and was the 2019 Ivy League Heps Cross Country Champion.

Competition Schedule: First round: Sunday, June 20 at 6:35 p.m.; Final: Thursday, June 24 at 8:47 p.m.

Dana Klein

Flanders, N.J./ Yale ‘2018, Idaho AFoot (Idaho)

Event: women’s steeplechase

Highlights: Klein is the current director of cross country and track & field operations at the University of San Francisco. At Yale, she was captain of the team her senior year.

Competition Schedule: First round: Sunday, June 20 at 6:35 p.m.; Final: Thursday, June 24 at 8:47 p.m.

Meredith Rizzo

Bronxville, N.Y./ Yale ‘2017, Idaho AFoot (Idaho)

Event: women’s steeplechase

Highlights: Rizzo owns Yale’s program record in the steeplechase (10:07.93) after completing her undergrad in New Haven. She competed for her final year of eligibility at Georgetown.

Competition Schedule: First round: Sunday, June 20 at 6:35 p.m.; Final: Thursday, June 24 at 8:47 p.m.

Emily Durgin

Portland, Maine / UConn ‘2017, Under Armour (Flagstaff, Arizona)

Event: women’s 10,000 meters

Highlights: Durgin qualified for her first Olympic Trials last spring before the 2020 Olympics were postponed due to the pandemic. She set her personal best in the event of 32:22.56 in December.

Competition Schedule: Final: Saturday, June 26 at 9:44 p.m.

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