Rio De Janeiro — In his first-ever Olympic games, Claflin University men’s track standout and the University’s first-ever Olympian, Brandon Valentine-Parris, failed to advance in the 400 meters Friday at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Valentine-Parris, who represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines, ran in heat #3 which included reigning world champion Wayde van Niekerk. van Niekerk finished first in the heat. Valentine-Parris officially finished sixth in a time of 47.62 seconds. The top three finishers from each heat automatically advance to the next round.
Norfolk State alum Chris Brown, wearing the colors of the Bahamas, ran a 45.56 in first round competition in the 400m but did not advance to the semifinals.
Coppin State University alum Christina Epps placed 15th overall in the women's triple jump competition on Saturday.
Epps, competing for Team USA, leaped 14.01 meters in the qualifying round of the triple jump event.
She opened the competition strong with a mark of 14.01 meters. She ranked as high as eighth overall after her first attempt missing her personal record by a mere .16 meters.
Epps followed her jump with two fouls and barely missed the finals by three spots. Finishing in the top-12 would have advanced the former Coppin State track and field All-American into Sunday's finals. Epps is the first Coppin State female Olympian and the first Eagle to compete for Team USA.