2012-06-26 21:41:01

Oakland Presence Strong at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials

The London 2012 Summer Olympic Games are nearly a month away. Team USA is currently in the process of selecting the best athletes from all across the country in various sports.

While Olympic trials vary by state and by sport, one thing is for certain, a large number of competitors from the Bay Area have entered the U.S. Track & Field Olympic team trials that are being held in Eugene, Ore., through July 1.

According to USA Track & Field, several athletes from the East Bay will participate in the try-outs. Twenty-five-year-old Oakland native Jere' Summers is one of them. Summers is a discus thrower and competed in the qualifying round of the women's discus preliminaries throw on June 22.

"I'm a thrower," Summers said. "I'm just ready to make my mark and want to compete."

Summers attended Berkeley High School and did lacrosse, rugby and wrestling, before moving on to competing primarily, in the shot put and the discus throw.

Although she said she has thrown the hammer, the weight and the shot put in the past, to her the discus is easier on the body.

"I'm elite in all of these events," she said. "They all have their pros and cons. The hammer might be more fun to throw, but I've decided to just throw a discus."

In college, Summers competed in both indoor and outdoor events at Cal State Northridge and the University of Louisville. She graduated in 2010 and has achieved career bests both in college and in high school.

At Berkeley High, Summers was named to the Contra Costa Time Top 100 Prep Athletes Award list in 2003 and 2005. She also became a four-time CCAL league champion in the shot put and a three-time champion in the discus throw.

"American athletes don't really have an athletic career path," Summers said. "People struggle after college. Track & Field is an expensive sport. Now what keeps me going is to see how far I can go. I want to keep doing this until it doesn't make sense to keep going."

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