July 2, 2012

Dow, Jumpp Compete at Olympic Trials

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire alumnus and current assistant coach Joanne Dow finished fifth overall in the 20,000-meter race walk on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Dow, a Manchester, N.H. native who graduated from UNH in 1986, was fifth in a time of 1:38.20.20 and set the American masters record in the event. Maria Michta won in a time of 1:34.53.33 to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

This marked 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.

Junior George Jumpp (Manchester, N.H.) of the men's track & field team, who holds dual-citizenship in the U.S. and Jamaica, finished second in the hammer throw at the Jamaican National Senior Championships over the weekend in Kingston, Jamaica. He finished with a toss of 54.13, just shy of his personal best in the event, but fell below the Olympic standard for qualification. 

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.

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