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2012 Drake Relays Alumni to Compete in London Olympics

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: July 27, 2012
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Chaunte' Lowe
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DES MOINES, Iowa --- As the world gets set for the opening of the XXX Olympiad in London, England, the Drake Relays recognizes 21 Team USA track and field athletes who competed on the blue oval at the Drake Relays in 2012 and have qualified for the games.

Drake Relays alumni Chaunte' Lowe and Kara Patterson own American records in their respective events being set at the 2010 U.S. Outdoor Championships held at Drake Stadium. Lowe set the U.S. record in the women's high jump at 6-8 3/4, while Patterson established a U.S. mark in the women's javelin at 218-8.

Jenny Simpson is set to run the 1500 after competing in the 3000 steeplechase in Beijing where she set an American record.  She is the 2011 World Champion in the 1500.

High jumper Amy Acuff will be competing for Team USA in her fifth straight Olympic Games following a successful comeback after the birth of her daughter in 2009 and subsequent retirement.  

Though this list represents Americans only, keep in mind that several international stars scheduled to compete at the London Olympics also participated in the 2012 Drake Relays including Javier Culson from Puerto Rico, who won the 2011 World Championships in the men's 400 hurdles.

Culson opened the 2012 outdoor season by winning the Drake Relays invitational 400 hurdles and enters the Olympics owning the fastest time in the world in 2012 at 47.78 seconds.

Athletes from more than 57 countries competed at the 2012 Drake Relays and several of those will represent their native lands competing at the London Olympics.

Men - 9
Jeff Demps, Florida, 4x100 relay

Tony McQuay, Florida, 400, 4x400 relay

Derek Miles, pole vault

Jamie Nieto, high jump

Jeremy Scott, pole vault

Wallace Spearman, 200

Brad Walker, pole vault

Ryan Whiting, shot put

Isiah Young, Ole Miss, 200

Women - 12
Amy Acuff, high jump

Keisha Baker, 4x400 relay

Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, javelin

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, shot put

Sharon Day, heptathlon (competed in high jump at Drake)

Becky Holliday, pole vault

Lacy Janson, pole vault

Lolo Jones, 100 hurdles (scratched at Drake Relays)

Chaunte' Lowe, high jump

Kara Patterson, javelin

Jenny Simpson, 1500

Jenn Suhr, pole vault

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