Butts Selected To Team USA For NACAC U-23 Championships

UABSPORTS.COM Junior All-America Tynita Butts
Junior All-America Tynita Butts

June 15, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Junior All-America high jump specialist Tynita Butts has earned a spot on Team USA for the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships, scheduled for July 6-8 in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The NACAC Athletic Association's U-23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association - one of six regional athletics associations affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Butts was chosen by USA Track & Field based on the May 29 United States performance rank order list for all age-eligible athletes (those being 20, 21 or 22). The 2012 NACAC U-23 team consists of two athletes per individual event, plus additional members selected for relay pools.

At the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Butts won the bronze medal in the high jump and posted the highest-ever finish (third) in program history for a female athlete. As a result, she was named a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association First-Team All-America performer - the fourth All-America accolade of her career.

Butts has also qualified for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which begin June 21 in Eugene, Ore. She recorded a program-record mark of 1.87 meters (6-1.62) to achieve the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games "A" high jump standard earlier this season at the Florida Relays then matched it at the national championship.

A pair of Conference USA athletes will join Butts on the American women's squad in UCF freshman Octavious Freeman (4x100 relay) and Southern Miss senior Torie Bowie (long jump).

For more information, log on to the official website of USA Track and Field at www.usatf.org.