Springfield South High School graduate Cassandra Lloyd qualified for the Olympic Trials with a time of 12.96 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Star Athletics Pro Meet at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla.
Lloyd, 26, wrote on her Facebook page she “didn’t make it four years ago, so this is a big accomplishment for me.” She had the third-best time in the race. The qualifying standard for the trials is 13.0 seconds.
Lloyd graduated from South in 2008 and won the state title in the 100 hurdles that year. She was named Wright State’s Female Athlete of the Year four straight years from 2009-12. She set what was then a personal-best time in the 100 hurdles at the NCAA regional meet as a senior in 2012 (13.17 seconds). She is a volunteer assistant coach at Wright State.
The U.S. Olympic Team Track and Field Trials will be held July 1-10 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The 100 hurdles start July 7. The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, go from Aug. 5-21.