EUGENE, Ore. – The University of South Alabama’s senior Autavia Fluker has been accepted to compete against the nation’s best athletes at the 2021 United States Olympic Team Trials Thursday at 3:25 p.m. (CT) the Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Fluker is the first Jaguar to compete in the event since 2012 when former Jaguar Lindsay Schwartz competed in the heptathlon.
Fluker’s qualifying mark of 68.17m in the hammer throw at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championship shattered the school and SBC records for the third time this season. The Bessemer, Alabama, native currently ranks No. 3 in the nation in the event after her remarkable performance at the same meet.
Fluker has recorded six hammer throw titles throughout this outdoor season and currently reigns as the best hammer thrower in USA history after throwing a 70.02m at the NCAA East Preliminary Round on June 10 at the Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
She was recently named the Sun Belt’s Most Outstanding Outdoor Performer of the Year for the second consecutive time in her Jaguar career, but the senior still has something to prove as she takes the field Thursday afternoon.
Date: June 24
Meet: U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Host: The University of Oregon
Site: Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
Live Results: https://results.usatf.org/
THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Paul Brueske
– On the U.S. Olympic Trial: “I think Tata is ready to have some good throws. She has worked hard for a long time. She is focused on doing her best.”
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