South Orange native and Columbia High School graduate (Class of ’14) Olivia Baker will not be competing in Rio after missing the cutoff in a Olympic qualifying round in Eugene, OR on July 2.
Read the full coverage in the News-Record here.
At the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, Baker finished in fourth place in her 800-meter semifinal heat with a time of 2:01.87. According to the News-Record, the top three finishers in each of the two semifinal heats, plus the next two fastest times overall, advanced to the final. Baker was 10th overall, missing the final by two spots.
Baker, who has recently completed her sophomore year at Stanford University, is widely considered one of the most accomplished high school athletes in New Jersey history and has continued her winning ways with successes such as a gold medal as a member of Team USA’s 4×400-meter relay at the Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada last August.
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