Hampton University alum Kellie Wells and Francena McCorory will both represent the U.S. during the upcoming London Olympics.
Wells, a former Hampton track and field standout, qualified for Team USA after finishing second in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.77 seconds during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on June 23.
The Richmond, Va.-born pro hurdler is the current USATF Outdoor National Champion in the 100-meter hurdlers event.
Hampton, Va.-born McCorory, a three-time NCAA track champion, also qualified for Team USA after finishing third in the women’s 400-meter race at the U.S. trials. McCorory is most famous for winning the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Indoor Track and Field title, while also breaking a 19-year old record in the 400-meter event.
McCorory also qualified and competed in the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. She joins Wells as the only HBCU alum who will take the Olympic track in London next month.
“I usually don’t run like that,” McCorory said. “I usually get out very slow, but I wanted to get a good start. I ran until my wheels fell off. I wouldn’t say I ran the smartest race, but I wanted to make the team.”
The Olympic Games are scheduled to start in London July 27.