USC's Anna Cockrell, Dalilah Muhammad Make U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team In 400m Hurdles
Cockrell betters school record; 7 Trojans earn Olympic berths during the U.S. Trials
July 1, 2021
Anna Cockrell bettered her school record and Dalilah Muhammad posted a season-best time to earn berths to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by taking third and second respectively in the women's 400m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. today (June 27). During the eight days of competition, seven Trojan athletes earned the honor to represent the United States at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Cockrell had a time of 53.70 to break her own USC record and finished third in the women's 400m hurdles final to qualify to represent the United States at the 2020 Olympics. Cockrell, who originally set the school record with a time of 54.68 on the same track to win the 2021 NCAA title, needed to better her school record by nearly a second to advance, so she did, as the fourth-place finisher posted a time of 53.83. Defending Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad (USC 2012) had a season-best time of 52.42 to finish second overall. The finals winner Sydney McLaughlin broke Muhammad's world record by running 51.90 to take the U.S. title in the event.
Earnest Sears III went out at the first height in the men's high jump, missing three times at 7-1.00 (2.16m). He ended up 12th in the men's high jump final.
During the eight days of competition at the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Team Trials, the Trojans had seven athletes qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games which are being held July 23-Aug. 8. Qualified Trojans for the 2020 Olympics are:
Rai Benjamin (M-400m H), Anna Cockrell (W-400m H), Kendall Ellis (W-4x400m relay pool), Allyson Felix (W-400m), Isaiah Jewett (M-800m), Dalilah Muhammad (W-400m H), Michael Norman (M-400m)