Charlotte 49ers All-American Trey McRae will be heading to Eugene, Oregon, home of the track and field 2016 Olympic Trials, where he will showcase his high jump talent with a birth to Rio on the line.
“I have been focusing all year on making the Olympic Trials,” said McRae. “It is mind blowing coming from not doing track at all to having a chance to go to the Olympics and jump for my country.”
The Laurinburg, N.C., native will compete in the qualifying round for the high jump on Friday, July 8 with 25 other athletes trying to represent the red, white, and blue. After the first round of high jumps, 12 participants will advance to the finals on July 10, where they will compete to land in the top three, the amount of high jumpers that will represent the United States of America in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
McRae has earned countless accolades throughout his unforgettable track career as a high jumper and long jumper for the 49ers, but really took off during his senior season. McRae went on to be named the Conference USA Field Athlete of the Year in 2016 after sweeping the C-USA Championships this past May and earning a bronze medal at the NCAA Championships in the high jump event.
In his senior season, McRae took home the C-USA Field Performer of the Meet and the High Point Scorer of the Meet after winning gold in the high, long, and triple jump events. McRae’s best high jump reached 2.25m, finishing third in the nation in that event.
While qualifying for the Olympic trials is an incredible mark, the 6-foot-3 high jumper has the potential to make UNC Charlotte history with a birth to the Olympics, a feat that no 49er has ever accomplished.