Cal Alum Grace Upshaw Makes U.S. Olympic Team
July 3, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Former California track and field student-athlete Grace Upshaw made the U.S. Olympic Team in the long jump on Thursday when she placed second with a personal-best mark of 22-7.00 (6.88m) at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Upshaw joins current Cal assistant coach Magdalena Lewy as Cal's representatives on the U.S. Olympic track and field team.
'This feels like the first step is over,' Upshaw said. 'Four years ago it was such a huge step for me to make the team, but this year I really want to do well in Beijing. I am looking forward to this and am finally healthy.'
This makes back-to-back Olympic appearances for Upshaw, who also competed in the 2004 Olympic Games, where she advanced to the final and placed 10th overall. Her personal best before Thursday's competition was 22-5.25, which she earned in 2004 in Eugene, Ore.
During her time at Cal, Upshaw tied the fifth-best mark in school history at 20-5.75 as a senior. Also during her senior campaign, Upshaw placed second at the Pac-10 Championships with a mark of 20-2.50. As a junior, she posted four victories, including a then-PR of 20-0.25. Upshaw also was a sprinter at Cal, running in the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
The Olympic trials continue through Sunday, July 6. The remaining Cal athletes in the U.S. trials are Travis Nutter (hammer), Kristin Heaston (shot put), Kevin Davis (3000-meter steeplechase), Ed Wright (high jump), David Torrence (1500) and Kimyon Broom (100-meter hurdles). Nutter will be competing in the final of the men's hammer on Friday starting at 7 p.m.