Former Wildcat Track and Field star Javianne Oliver has earned her place on the U.S. Track and Field team for Tokyo 2020.
Oliver, a member of Kentucky Track and Field from 2015-17, competed in the Olympic Trials this weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
After an early lead in the 100-meter dash event, Oliver retained a second-place finish in the event, strong enough to cement a spot to compete for the United States in Tokyo later this summer.
The top three finishers in each event qualify for a spot on the Olympic Team, as long as their scores or times correlate with the standard set by the Olympic Committee.
During her time at Kentucky, Oliver’s second-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the 2017 Indoor NCAA Championships earned her place as a force to be reckoned with. She holds the 2nd-best overall time in UK history in the 60-meter dash event, as well as the 4th spot in the 100-meter dash.
“All I know is that I was running as hard as I could, and it paid off.” said Oliver about the Olympic Trials.
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) June 20, 2021
Oliver joins former Wildcat Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Team Puerto Rico, who competes in the 100-meter hurdle event, as Wildcats who will be competing in the summer games.
Micaela Hazelwood, another former Wildcat, finished second in the discus throw, but is still awaiting a decision from the Olympic Committee regarding her status on the team.
Despite her second-place finish and personal best, Hazelwood did not meet the Olympic qualifying number in the event. This complicates her status, but Hazelwood is still hopeful for a chance to compete in Tokyo.
Three more former Wildcats, Kendra Harrison, Keaton Daniel, and Ethan Shalaway, are also competing for spots in their respective events, with finals occurring on Sunday, June 20.