HAMPTON, Va. - The recently concluded 2016 Summer Olympics saw many highlights for the event, but three Hampton University track and field alums made their marks in various ways in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“We are very proud of our track and field alums who participated in the recent Summer Olympics,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “They not only represented themselves well, but their countries and Hampton University with pride. I congratulate them for their efforts Rio de Janeiro.”
Francena McCorory earned her second gold medal as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team on August 20. She ran the third leg in a heat that finished in 3:21.42 to put the United States in the finals. This marks the second gold medal for McCorory who also won on the 4x400-meter relay team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
McCorory finished her Lady Pirate career a three-time NCAA Champion in the 400-meters and still holds two indoor and two outdoor school records. She earned four NCAA All-American honors in her career.
“Fran got her second goal of the Olympics, since she couldn’t get an individual medal she got a relay medal in typical Fran fashion running a strong leg in the relay,” said Hampton University Director of Cross Country/Track Maurice Pierce. “While records are made to be broken, you will carry the title Olympic Champion until your last days.”
Yvette Lewis, who participated for Panama, made her visit to Rio a cap to a stellar international track career as she announced her retirement from international competition with the Olympics. She ran in the 100-meter hurdles in Rio, an event where she currently holds the Hampton University school record (13.06). Lewis is starting her fourth year as an assistant coach for the track program.
In her Lady Pirate career, she was a six-time NCAA All-American and won the triple jump in the Division I meet indoors in 2006 along with outdoors in 2007, making her the first HU athlete to win multiple NCAA titles.
“I know she expected a better performance of herself, but with this being her last international race I think the emotions of it all took a toll on her,” Pierce said. “I have always said she’s been one of the best athletes to ever come through this program, to finish her career at the Olympics in Rio is the best retirement party.”
Brandon Jones competed in Rio for his father’s native land Belize in the 200-meter dash. He had the special honor of being flag-bearer for the Belize team in the Parade of Athletes at the August 5th opening ceremony. Jones was a prolific jumper at Hampton, currently holding the school record in the outdoor triple jump (15.57 meters).
“Brandon had the opportunity to be the face of his country in being the flag-bearer for his country and that was the crowning moment for him in Rio,” said Pierce.
Hampton Track Well Represented In Rio
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