MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It’s time to shine for three University of Memphis track and field performers this weekend as they look to continue on the Road to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. Two former Tigers – Carolina Carmichael and Richard Lowe – and rising sophomore Ashley Pryke all are scheduled to compete in their respective countries’ Olympic Trials Thursday through Sunday, July 7-10.
The 2016 Olympic Summer Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 5-21.
Pryke is competing at 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships, which are in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, native begins her quest Friday, July 8 in the women’s javelin. The event’s finals start at 7:15 p.m. (CT).
Pryke, who set the women’s javelin school record in only her freshman season (160-10; 49.03m), already is set to compete in the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Outdoor World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, July 19-24. Her 162-6 (49.53m) javelin throw in a recent Canadian provincial meet qualified her for both this weekend’s Canadian championships as well as the IAAF World Juniors.
She placed third at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships with a 153-8 (46.84m) throw. Pryke earned a spot at the NCAA East Preliminaries, where she placed 14th.
Former Tigers standouts Carmichael and Lowe vie for trips to Rio at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Carmichael competes in the women’s pole vault Friday, July 8 (premliminaries) and Sunday, July 10 (finals). The women’s pole vault preliminaries begin at 5 p.m. (CT) Friday.
Lowe starts his run for Rio in the men’s 400-meter hurdles Thursday, July 7 at 8:53 p.m. (CT). The 400-meter hurdles semifinals are Friday, July 8 at 6:47 p.m. (CT), with the finals Sunday, July 10 at 6:51 p.m. (CT).
The NBC Sports family of networks and digital platforms are broadcasting the U.S. trials.
Carmichael, a 2016 Memphis graduate, is the three-time American Athletic Conference outdoor women’s pole vault champion (2014-16). She qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials with her 14-9 (4.50m) mark at the 2015 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships.
The Lake Forest, Ill., native placed 10th in the women’s pole vault at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third-straight year. For her efforts, Carmichael earned All-America second team honors for the third year in a row. She holds both the indoor and outdoor women’s pole vault records in school history.
Lowe, a 2012 Memphis graduate, holds the school record in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (50.15) and became the program’s first track All-American since 1981. He earned All-America distinction in the 400-meter hurdles in 2011. During his career, the Kansas City, Mo., native was a seven-time All-Conference USA performer.
Carmichael, Lowe and Pryke all are attempting to join former Memphis men’s pole vault standout Pauls Pujats in Rio. Pujats, the 2015 NCAA outdoor runner-up and the 2014 American Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor champion, already has qualified in the men’s pole vault for Latvia’s national team.