Butts Set To Challenge Field At 2012 Olympic Trials

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

June 26, 2012

USA Track and Field Olympic Trials Central

EUGENE, Ore. - East Carolina junior and four-time All-America Tynita Butts will take her talents to Oregon this week for the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials at historic Hayward Field.

Butts hopes to nab one of three high jump berths to the London Olympic Games when she begins competition Thursday, June 28, at 8 p.m. ET. The NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage beginning at 9 p.m. A total of 24 athletes will compete in the event, with the top 12 advancing to Saturday's final.

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. She recorded the second-best high jump mark in the collegiate ranks this season having cleared 6-1½ (1.87m) - an Olympic "A" standard and ECU program record.

Posting a mark of 5-11.25 (1.81m), Butts shared the NCAA East Preliminary Round championship with Boston University's Allison Barwise. She recently won the C-USA outdoor high jump title for the third-straight season and placed sixth at the league championships in the long jump.

Butts did her part to ensure 2012 would be a banner year for the program as she earned USTFCCCA indoor and outdoor Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year. During the indoor season, the Pirate women knocked off defending champion and nationally-ranked UCF to win their first-ever league championship. Butts' 10 points for winning the high jump title were crucial as ECU edged the Knights 123-113.5.

No matter the outcome at the Olympic Trials, Butts has already earned the opportunity to represent the United States as she was named to Team USA for the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean U-23 Championships. That event is scheduled for July 6-8 in Guanajuato, Mexico.