Posted: Jun 30, 2012 6:33 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jun 30, 2012 10:47 PM
Chaunte Lowe is the latest Central Coast native to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the London Olympics. The Paso Robles native won the women's high jump competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.
The 28 year old cleared 5 feet, 10.5 inches, 6-0.75, 6-2.25, 6-3.5, 6-4.75, 6-6 and 6-7 on her first attempts. She battled Brigetta Barrett from the University of Arizona, who also cleared 6-7 on her first attempt. Neither woman could clear 6-8.75.
Lowe won the championship because she had fewer misses overall in the final. It marked her fifth national outdoor title. Barrett missed her first attempt at 6-4.75 and finished second overall.
Amy Acuff finished third to claim the third and final spot on Team USA. It will be Acuff's fifth Olympics.
Lowe earned a spot on her third US Olympic Team. She finished sixth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Lowe, who gave birth to her second child last year, is looking to become the first American female high jumper to medal in the Olympics since 1988.
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