KU sprinter Diamond Dixon races her way into 2012 Summer Olympics

EUGENE, Ore. - Diamond Dixon from the Kansas Jayhawks is headed to London for the Summer Olympics.

The KU sophomore sprinter ran to a fifth-place finish in the final of the 400 meters Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. She set a lifetime-best and school-record time of 50.88. She'll compete on the 4x400-meter relay team at the London Olympics in August.

"I'm very honored to have made the Olympic team," Dixon said. "It was a tough race but I just tried to get out to a good start, maintain and not panic. I knew it would come down to the last 100 meters so I dug in and just tried to get the best finish I could. I've accomplished my dream and I'm just so grateful."

Dixon is from Houston, Texas. She was the only college runner entering the final event.

KU track & field still has six current athletes and five alumni hoping to join Dixon in London. Andrea Geubelle will be in finals action Monday in the triple jump.

Mason Finley and Rebeka Stowe will compete in the qualifying rounds of the discus and 3,000-meter Steeplechase, respectively. Finley will begin at 5:30 p.m. (CT), Stowe at 5:50 p.m., and Geubelle in the triple jump final at 7:45 p.m.

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