Monday, June 25, 2012

KU track star Diamond Dixon earns spot on U.S. Olympic team


— The dream season for Kansas University track star Diamond Dixon continued on Sunday, with the KU sophomore earning a spot on the 4x400-meter U.S. Olympic team which will compete next month in London.

Dixon placed fifth in the finals of the 400 meters on Sunday at the Olympic Trials at Hayward Field. Her time of 50.88 seconds was enough to place her on the six-member relay team.

“I’m very honored to have made the Olympic team,” Dixon said. “It was a tough race but I just tried to get out to a good start, maintain and not panic. I knew it would come down to the last 100 meters so I dug in and just tried to get the best finish I could. I’ve accomplished my dream and I’m just so grateful.”

Dixon’s time was a career best — improving on her own school record of 51.09, set at the 2012 Big 12 Championships — and came despite her being the only collegiate runner in the field.

Several current and former Jayhawks remain alive in their quest to join Dixon on the U.S. Olympic team, with triple jumper Andrea Geubelle, discus thrower Mason Finley and 3,000-meter steeplechase competitor Rebeka Stowe all competing today. Geubelle will compete in the finals at 7:45, while Finley and Stowe will begin qualifying rounds earlier in the day.


RJ King 7 years, 9 months ago

Awesome! Best time, school record, trip to London, and Olympian. Will be rooting for you.

lv_jhwk 7 years, 9 months ago

Given typical results for the women's 4X400 relay team (and barring the most unfortunate of circumstances), the LJW sports editors need to start prepping a "Gold for Diamond" article headline.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 9 months ago

"I just tried to get out to a good start, maintain and not panic."

Interestingly, Diamond had the worst start (reaction time) of the field by a tenth or 2, and was even the difference between 4th and 5th. Just means there is still plenty of room for improvement, inspite of a fabulous time.

Best luck in London Diamond!

MinnesotaJay 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I noticed that, too. Still, a personal best and a ticket to London. Congratulations, Diamond!

Nathan Anderson 7 years, 9 months ago

The scary part is that Diamond didn't start running track until high school. Plenty of upside, and she's already shown she's got guts.

actorman 7 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations, Diamond! You make the Jayhawk family proud!

Steve Jacob 7 years, 9 months ago

Guessing she will run some of the early qualifying races because getting to the finals for the USA is usually easy, as long as the hand offs go well. The top four will run the finals, if healthy.

Betting her prime years/age will be in 2016 in Rio, so the best is yet to come from her.

Dyrk Dugan 7 years, 9 months ago

when was the last time a current Jayhawk was on the Olympic team? Jim Ryun? I'm totally guessing....i have no idea...because i don't remember it. (LJW, how 'bout a little help?)

Congrats to Diamond, a great outstanding year you are having. I told the family before the race that she'll need to run 50.5 to qualify individually....and 50.43 was third so that number was about right....and the fact that Diamond ran that good of a race, posting her career best, says a lot about how she can improve and step up in big races.

Good luck to the rest of the Jayhawks competing today.....let's have a KU party in London!

Go Jayhawks!

Saguaro_Jayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Charlie Gruber ran 1500m in 2004 Athens Olympics.

Scott Huffman, the pride of Quinter, KS, pole vaulted in 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Pierre Lisk was also in Atlanta for 4 x 100m relay but for Sierra Leone, not USA.

buckleyhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Let's not forget the big Canuck either, Scott Russell...threw the javelin for Canada in '08. Great guy to boot (Canadian joke intended).

JayHawkFanToo 7 years, 9 months ago

Danny Manning played in the 1988 Olympic team.

Clarence Haynes 7 years, 9 months ago

Diamond will break 50 seconds before she leaves KU! Congratulations to Diamond and her coaches.

Bville Hawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Wow, 9 hours after the first post to this article and not one comment bitching about the use of Kansas University vs University of Kansas.

Can we conclude that the anal retentives of the world are beat down and giving up or are they just not track fans?

RJ King 7 years, 9 months ago

Shhhhh. Don't let them hear. My guess is just not track fans. Or fans of women's sports. (pssst - don't bring up Title IX either.)

Dirk Medema 7 years, 9 months ago

Diamond's is followed by an interview w/ Andrea as well.

catchagrenade 7 years, 9 months ago

Diamond Dixon --- what a beautiful name!

"A diamond is a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure.” -Henry Kissinger

All the best!

Clarence Glasse 7 years, 9 months ago

"DIAMOND!" 'nough said! Go USA in the Olympics and Go KU to our whole track and field team. Couldn't be more proud of our team in these Olympic trials. RCJH

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