DURHAM, N.H. – Junior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's track & field team and UNH alumnus and current assistant coach Joanne Dow are both scheduled to compete at the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials for their respective countries this weekend.
Jumpp, who holds dual-citizenship in the U.S. and Jamaica, will compete in the hammer throw at the Jamaican National Senior Championships on Saturday, June 30 at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Jumpp enjoyed a strong junior campaign this past spring, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the hammer throw at the America East Championships with a toss of 174-03. Jumpp also took seventh in the event at the New England Championships with a throw of 178-08.
Dow, a Manchester, N.H. native who graduated from UNH in 1986, is set to compete in the 20,000-meter race walk at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday, July 1 in Eugene, Ore. The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. (PST) on the campus of the University of Oregon. The winner of Sunday's event will earn a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad.
This marks the fifth trip to the Olympic trials for Dow, who made the U.S. team four years ago after winning the trials and then finished 31st overall at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in a time of 1:34.15. Dow owns a personal best time of 1:33.28 in the 20k event (12.4 miles), which she set in 2004. She has steadily improved in the trials over the past 16 years, winning in 2008 after placing second in 2004, fourth in 2000 and 12th in 1996.