Freshman Annie Alexander fell just short of Olympic qualifying last weekend for her country of Trinidad & Tobago. The UT discus and shot put track athlete took first in the discus on Saturday night and finished with a second-place showing in the shot put on Sunday in Port-of-Spain at the Sagicor/NAAA National Senior Open Championships at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Alexander’s toss of 178 feet, three inches in the discus was good enough to place her as best in her country but, without an Olympic “B” qualifying mark of 193-7, she won’t be competing for a spot in the Beijing Olympics in August. Alexander is Trinidad & Tobago’s national record-holder in that event with a toss of 189-3.
On Sunday, Alexander closed out the meet by taking second in the shot put to well-known Trinidad & Tobago thrower Cleopatra Borel. Alexander managed a best toss of 55-3, while Borel edged out the Lady Vol at 55-11 3/4. Alexander held the lead until the fourth round when Borel made her winning throw. Alexander has already met the Olympic “B” standard of 56-5.25 in the shot put, and now her country selection committee will decided if she goes to the Olympics.
Alexander is currently the Lady Vol record-holder for the indoor and outdoor shot put at 57-2 and 57-3, respectively. She will be returning this season as a sophomore.