A look at South Jersey’s eight qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Track Trials!!!!!

Eight South Jersey natives – five throwers, two distance runners and a sprinter –  head out to Eugene this coming week to contend with the greatest American athletes for a berth on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team.

The Trials are scheduled to run from Friday through June 27, a week from Saturday, at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.

You can watch the Trials on NBC and NBC Sports Network. Here’s the full TV schedule.

And here’s a look at the South Jersey contingent:

Josh Awotunde
Event: Shot put
Age: 26
Hometown: Franklinville
High School: Delsea
College: South Carolina
PR: 71-1 1/2
Season-Best: 71-1 1/2
2021 U.S. ranking: #4
Seed: #6
Schedule: Men’s shot put trials, noon, Friday, June 18; men’s shot put finals, 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 18.

Curtis Thompson
Event: Javelin
Age: 25
Hometown: Florence
High School: Florence
College: Mississippi State
PR: 271-11
Season-Best: 267-2
2021 U.S. ranking #1
Seed: #1
Schedule: Men’s javelin qualifying, Saturday, June 19, 2:15 p.m.; men’s javelin finals, 4:15 p.m., Saturday, June 19.

Cade Antonucci
Event: Javelin
Age: 26
Hometown: Mays Landing
High School: Holy Spirit
College: Auburn
PR: 249-9
Season-Best: 249-9
2021 U.S. ranking #10
Seed: #12
Schedule: Men’s javelin qualifying, Saturday, June 19, 2:15 p.m.; men’s javelin finals, 4:15 p.m., Saturday, June 19.

Johnnie Jackson
Event: Hammer throw
Age: 26
Hometown: Cherry Hill
High School: Cherry Hill East
College: LSU
PR: 237-1
Season-Best: 237-1
2021 U.S. ranking #12
Seed: #13
Schedule: Men’s hammer trials, Friday, June 18, 12:05 p.m.; men’s hammer finals, 4:25 p.m., Sunday, June 20.

English Gardner
Event: 100-meter dash
Age: 29
Hometown: Voorhees
High School: Eastern
College: Oregon
PR: 10.74
Season-Best: 11.13
2021 U.S. ranking #19
Seed: #19
Schedule: Women’s 100-meter dash trials,6:37 p.m., Friday, June 18; women’s 100-meter dash semifinals,  6:03 p.m., Saturday, June 19; women’s 100-meter dash finals, 7:51 p.m., Sunday, June 20.

Marielle Hall
Event: 10,000-meter run
Age: 29
Hometown: Mount Laurel
High School: Haddonfield
College: Texas
PR: 31:05.71
Season-Best: 31:21.78
2021 U.S. ranking #5
Seed: #4
Schedule: Women’s 10,000-meter run final, 6:44 p.m., Saturday, June 26.
(Hall also qualified in the 5,000. She has a PR of 15:02.27 and qualified with a 15:30.86 last year but scratched and will only race the 10,000.

Erika Kemp
Event: 5,000-meter run, 10,000-meter run
Age: 26
Hometown: Mount Holly
High School: Rancocas Valley
College: North Carolina State
PR: 15:26.18, 31:35.63
Season-Best: 15:26.18 (qualified for 10,000 last year)
2021 U.S. ranking #37 (not ranked in 10,000)
Seed: #14 5,000, #14 10,000
Schedule: Women’s 5,000-meter run semifinals, 5:54 p.m., Friday, June 18; women’s 5,000-meter run finals,5:40 p.m., Monday, June 21;  Women’s 10,000-meter run final, 6:44 p.m., Saturday, June 26.

Jessica Woodard
Event: Shot put
Age: 26
Hometown: Marlton
High School: Cherokee
College: Oklahoma
PR: 62-3 1/2
Season-Best: 62-3 1/2
2021 U.S. ranking #11
Seed: #7
Schedule: Women’s shot put trials, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 24; women’s shot put finals, 8 p.m., Thursday, June 24.

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