Representing in Rio
Four HBCU athletes competing in track and field in the Olympics
Four U.S. athletes from historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) are competing in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro:
Christina Epps, Coppin State University
She qualified for Rio with a mark of 46 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump, a personal record for the 25-year-old. This will be the first Summer Olympics for the New Jersey native. Epps graduated from Coppin State in 2013 with a degree in psychology.
Francena McCorory, Hampton University
McCorory will compete in her second Olympic Games this summer after qualifying in the 4×400-meter relay at July’s U.S. Olympic trials. The Hampton graduate captured gold as part of the 4×400 relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. McCorory majored in psychology at Hampton, where she was a two-time NCAA champion.
Michael Tinsley, Jackson State University
Tinsley is a two-time Olympian after qualifying for Rio in the 400-meter hurdles, four years after placing second in the same event in London. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Tinsley majored in criminal justice at Jackson State, where he became the first track and field athlete in the school’s history to win an NCAA Division I title.
Jeff Henderson, Stillman College
Henderson, who graduated from Stillman in 2013 with a degree in business administration, will make his Olympics debut this summer after placing first in the long jump at last month’s U.S. Olympic trials with a mark of 28 feet, 2 1/4 inches, a personal best. Henderson is a multi-time NJCAA and Division II national champion from his time at Hinds Community College and Stillman.