Coppin State graduate qualifies for Rio Olympics

Posted at 7:55 PM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 19:55:57-04

Coppin State University graduate Christina Epps qualified for the Rio Olympics Thursday.

The Morristown, NJ native placed second at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the women's triple jump with a mark of 14.17m/ 46-6.

Epps graduated in 2014. She was more than ecstatic to join the Olympic Team.

“I really can't describe this feeling, it's so unreal," she said. "Happy doesn't do my level of excitement justice. I've been through so much throughout my career. I'm just grateful God has given me this opportunity to pursue my dreams.”

After fouling in her first two attempts, Epps hit a 45-5 in the third round to get three more attempts. She waited anxiously for the results of her fifth jump.

“Oh man, my stomach was dropping," Epps said. "I had butterflies and I was just like, ‘Please just let it be 14.15m.’ I think I can go further. I’m excited.”

The U.S. is sending three ladies to compete in the triple jump for the first time in three years. Keturah Orji from New Jersey and Andrea Geubelle also qualified. The Olympic triple jump competition is scheduled for August 13 at 9:40 a.m.

“Being the first Olympian of the best HBCU on the planet, my alma mater, Coppin State means the world to me," Epps said. "I hope I've not only made my school proud but have inspired my fellow Coppinites to know that it doesn't matter where you come from or what other people are doing, but with God, the right mindset, hard work, and dedication anything is possible!”

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