Friday, June 27, 2008

Olympic Dreams

For Singleton, dream becomes reality on Friday

Sports Editor
Published: Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:08 AM CDT

Many people have big dreams. Few are as dedicated to achieving them as Jeremy Singleton.

The former track and field All-American from Tarleton State University will see his dream become reality on Friday when competes in the 2008 US Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Singleton, a long jumper, is rated No. 23 among competitors who have qualified for the trials and declared their intention to compete. While only three will advance to the 2008 Olympic Games, Singleton says just qualifying for the trials is a dream he’s spent years working to achieve. “It’s finally happening,” Singleton said on Wednesday.

“I can’t believe it. I’m so excited because this is what I’ve been working so hard for.”The Stephenville resident qualified with a personal best jump of 7.89m (25 feet, 10-5/8 inches) during competition at the University of Texas-Arlington this spring.

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Local athletes chase Olympic dreams

By Garner Roberts
Special to the Reporter-News
Friday, June 27, 2008

Abilene's Jonathan Johnson and as many as five other local athletes will be in "Track Town USA" this weekend, hoping to qualify for the U.S. team going to the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing Aug. 8-24.

The U.S. Olympic trials for track and field return to Eugene, Ore., for the first time since 1980.

The 26-year-old Johnson will be among the athletes competing today at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. The quarterfinals, the first of three rounds of the men's 800, will begin at 10:20 p.m. Central time. The meet is being televised daily by NBC on broadcast television and USA on cable television.

Go to the Abilene Reportern News for the rest of the article.

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