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Alumnus qualifies for Olympic trials

May 11, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumnus Rashad McDade has qualified for the
2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, July 9-18 in Sacramento, Calif.

McDade clocked a trial-qualifying time of 20.58 to win the 200-meter event at the Orange and Purple Classic in Clemson, S.C., May 8.

The 24-year-old McDade graduated from WMU in 2003 with a degree in management and is serving as a volunteer coach with the Bronco track team as he trains for the possibility of competing at the Summer Games in Athens.

"Rashad has been pointing to this since last year's NCAA Indoor [Championships]. It is a great accomplishment for him," said WMU assistant track coach Jeff Hoskisson. "Rashad has been training hard. We are looking for him to get closer to the 20.20 time before the trials. That will put him in a great spot to compete for a place on the team headed for Athens."

A two-sport performer at WMU, McDade was a member of the track and field team from 1999 to 2003. He captured the 2003 Mid-American Conference Indoor 200 title and competed at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships. McDade also played four seasons at cornerback for the football Broncos.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 269 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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