A look At New Jersey's U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifiers

New Jersey will be well represented at the U.S. Olympic T&F Trials, which are scheduled for June 18-27 at Hayward Field in Oregon.

There are 30 athletes who graduated from NJ high schools who will be competing for a chance to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next month. The complete list of NJ qualifiers is down below.

And there are several athletes who have a great chance at earning a spots on the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in Tokyo next month. The top three finishers in each event will earn a berth on Team USA, provided they have meet the Olympic standard. 

Leading the way for the Garden State women are Sydney McLaughlin, Ajee' Wilson, and Keturah Orji, who were all members of the 2016 Olympic Team, and Texas A&M phenom Athing Mu, who just completed the greatest college season of all-time. It would be a huge upset if McLaughlin (400 hurdles), Wilson (800), Orji (who will compete in the long and tripe jump), and Mu (800) didn't all make the Olympic Team.

McLaughlin took the track and field world by storm in 2016 when she qualified for the Rio Games in the 400 hurdles at the age of 16. In 2019, McLaughlin ran the second fastest time in world history when she placed second at the World Championships in Doha in 52.23, placing just behind Rio gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad, who ran the world record of 52.16.

McLaughlin heads into the Trials with the fastest 400 hurdles time in the world this season of 52.83, and she has a great to break the world record. 

Wilson and Orji are both American record holders. Wilson, the indoor and outdoor American record holder in the 800, advanced to the semifinals in Rio. Orj, the American record holder outdoors in the triple jump (48-11.50), is the defending Olympic Trials champion in the TJ, and she was fourth in the TJ in Rio.

Last weekend, the 19-year-old Mu broke her own collegiate record in the 400m by running 49.57 to win the NCAA title. But at the Trials she's just focusing on the 800 where she's run 1:57.73, which is also the collegiate record and No. 2 in the World this season.

There is a very strong chance that Wilson and Mu will finish 1-2 in the 800.

For the N.J. men, the best bets to qualify for the Olympic team come from field events athletes Curtis Thompson (javelin), Josh Awotunde (shot put), Sam Mattis (discus), and Corey Crawford (long jump).

Thompson, No. 1 in the U.S. this season with a 267-2, placed second at the 2016 Olympic Trials. But he missed the Olympic standard by 5 inches, so he didn't make the Olympic Team. Awotunde is No. 4 in the U.S. this season in the shot put with a 71-1.50. Mattis was ninth in the discus at the 2016 Olympics, and Crawford is No. 4 in the U.S. in the long jump this season with a 27-2.50!  

There are also a pair of athletes, Rudy Winkler (Rutgers) and Allie Wilson (Monmouth), who starred collegiately in N.J, but didn't go to high school in the state. Winkler is favored to win the hammer throw after he unloaded a U.S. No. 2 all-time bomb of 268-11 in April. 

There is actually already one N.J. athlete who has made the U.S. Olympic Team.

Morgan Pearson, who graduated from Delbarton in 2011, qualified for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team when he earned a bronze-medal at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Yokohama on May 15. He also became the first U.S. man in history to win multiple World Triathlon Championship Series medals, earning the silver in Leeds on June 6.

Down below is a list of all the NJ athletes who will be in action at the Olympic Trials as well as the Trials schedule. The athletes are listed alphabetically. If we missed anyone, please let us and know and they will be added.    



Name, high school, event, qualifying performance, notes

Sam Allen NJ, Kingsway-Class of 2020. Racewalk-1:38.26.

Cade Antonucci, Holy Spirit-Class of 2017. Javelin-249-10, an Auburn school record which placed him third at the 2021 NCAA Championships and is No. 10 in the U.S. this season.

Josh Awotunde, Delsea-Class of 2013. Shot put-71-1.50, which is No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 10 in the world this season. 

Taj Burgess, Carteret- Class of 2017. 400-45.55, which is No. 27 in the U.S. this season.

Corey Crawford, Indian Hills-Class of 2010. Long jump-27-2.50, which is No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 7 in the World this season.

Sean DolanHopewell Valley-Class of 2019. 800-1:46.41 (No. 15 in the U.S. this season). Dolan ran the 1:46.41 to finish first last Saturday at the USATF NJ NY Open and Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in New York. Dolan was the BIG EAST champion for Villanova in the 800 last month.

Johnnie Jackson, Cherry Hill East-Class of 2012.. Hammer throw-237-1, which is No. 12 in the U.S. this season.

Andrew LiskowitzChristian Brothers Academy,-Class of 2015. Shot put-69-4.50. (Placed fourth at the 2021 NCAA Championships).

Travis MahoneyOld Bridge-Class of 2008. Steeplechase-8:28.76. (Place 14th at the 2016 Olympic Trials) 

Sam Mattis, East Brunswick-Class of 2012. Discus-218-9. (NCAA champion in 2015 for UPenn, won 2019 U.S. Outdoor Championships, and placed ninth at 2016 Olympic Trials. Ranked No. 7 in the U.S. this season.

Taylor McLaughlin, Union Catholic-Class of 2015, 400m IH-48.85. (Advanced to the semifinals at the 2016 Olympic Trials)

Curtis Thompson, Florence High-Class of 2014. Javelin-267-2, which is No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 26 in the World this season. (Won the NCAA title for Mississippi in 2016, and placed second at the 2016 Olympic Trials. But since he narrowly missed the Olympic standard by 5 inches, he didn't make the Olympic Team).

Joe White, DePaul High School-Class of 2014. 800-1:46.31. (Advanced to the semifinals at the 2016 Olympic Trials) 


Name, high school, event, qualifying performance, notes

Olivia Baker, Columbia-Class of 2014. 800m- 2:01.38. (Advanced to the semifinals at the Olympic Trials in 2016.

Casey Bogues, Middletown North-Class of 2019. Javelin-175-2, a school record at Dayton which placed her 11th at the 2021 NCAA Championships. (Ranked No. 16 in the U.S. this season).

Dana Giordano, Bernards-Class of 2012. 5000m-15:18.06, which she ran to finish fourth in December in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. That was a PR by 35 seconds!!

English Gardner, Eastern-Class of 2010.100m dash-11.13, which she ran this past Saturday at the High Performance Domestic Opportunity meet in Olney, Md. Gardner, who battled through COVID-19 earlier this year, won the 100 at the 2016 Olympic Trials in 10.74, No. 6 in U.S. history, and won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in the 4x100.

Nickolette Dunbar, Whippany Park-Class of 2016. Shot put-56-6, which she threw to place third at the 2021 SEC Championships for Alabama. (Ranked No. 27 in the U.S. this season). 

Marielle Hall, Haddonfield-Class of 2010. 10,000m-31:05.71, which is No. 5 in the U.S. this season. Also qualified in the 5000m (15:02.27), but scratched from that race. (U.S. Olympian in the 10,000 in 2016) 

Erika Kemp, Rancocas Valley, Class of 2013. 5000m-15:10.10, and 10,000m-31:35.63. (Ranked No. 37 in the U.S. in the 5,000 this season). 

Dana Klein, Gill St. Bernard's-Class of 2014. Steeplechase-9:46.01. (Ranked No. 46 in the U.S. this season).

Josette Norris, Tenafly-Class of 2014. 5000-14:51.42 -That's a 28 second PR, which she ran in Irvine, Calif. last month. Her time is No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 10 in the World this season.  

Sydney McLaughlin, Union Catholic-Class of 2017, 400m hurdles, 52.83, which is No. 1 in the World this season. (2016 Olympian/ran 52.23, 2nd fastest time in World history to place 2nd at 2019 World Championships). 

Athing Mu, Trenton-Class of 2020. 800m-1:57.73, which is the collegiate record and No. 2 in the world this season. Won 2020 NCAA title in the 400 in an NCAA record 49.57, which is No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 4 in the World.

Keturah Orji, Mount Olive- Class of 2014. Long jump-22-5.75 and triple jump- 48-11.50, which is the American outdoor record. Placed fourth in the triple jump at the 2016 Olympics, and was fourth in the TJ at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.   

Sarah Pagano, Immaculate Heart Academy-Class of 2009. 10,000m-31:51.66., a PR which she ran at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto in May of 2019. 

Monique Riddick, Bishop Ahr-Class of 2007. Shot put-60-4.50. (Ranked No. 25 in the U.S. this season)  

Ajee' Wilson, Neptune-Class of 2012. 800m-1:57.72. (American record holder indoors and outdoors (1:55.61). 2016 Olympian-advanced to the semifinals in the 800/, bronze medalist at 2019 World Championships).  

Alyssa Wilson, Donovan Catholic-Class of 2017. Hammer throw-228-3 and discus-199-4. (Ranked No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 41 in the World in the hammer and No. 19 in the U.S. in the discus this season.

Jessica Woodard, Cherokee-Class of 2013. Shot put-60-9.50, which is No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 11 in the World this season.


The following athletes didn't go to high school in N.J., but attended a NJ college.

Rudy Winkler, who competed at Rutgers as a graduate student in 2018, qualified in the hammer throw with a massive 268-11 on his final attempt to win the USATF Grand Prix at the Oregon Relays in the first professional meet held at the new Hayward Field this past April. Winkler's throw is No. 2 in U.S. history behind only Lance Deal, who set the American record in 1996 with a 270-9, and is No. 2 in the World this season. 

Winkler, who starred at Averill Park High School in N.Y, was 18th in the hammer at the 2016 Olympics and won the hammer for Cornell at the 2017 NCAA Championships. In 2018, Winkler won the U.S. National Championship for Rutgers  

Allie Wilson, who graduated from Monmouth University in 2019, ran a PR of 1:59.68 in the 800m  last month. That time places Wilson No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 27 in the world this season. Wilson, fifth at the 2019 NCAA Championships in the 800, starred at Strath Haven High School in Pa. 

U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February of 2020 in Atlanta 

Matt McDonald, North Hunterdon-Class of 2011. Finished 10th in the men's race 2:12:19.

Mark Leininger, Colts Neck-Class 2009. Didn't finish the men's race. 

Amanda Marino, Jackson Memorial-Class of 2007. Finished 45th in the women's race 2:40:09.
Katie Kellner, West Windsor-Plainsboro South-Class of 2009. Finished 57th in the women's race in 2:41:42 

Megan Lacy, Cherokee-Class of 2012. Finished 335th in the women's race 2:57:45.

Katie Watson, Summit-Class of 2011. Didn't finish the women's race   


All Times Pacific (local) and subject to change.

Day 1 - Friday, June 18, 2021
12:00 p.m.Shot PutMenQualifying
12:05 p.m.Hammer ThrowMenQualifying
4:00 p.m.Discus ThrowWomenQualifying
4:03 p.m.1500mWomen1st Round
4:30 p.m.400mWomen1st Round
4:45 p.m.High JumpWomenQualifying
4:58 p.m.400mMen1st Round
5:26 p.m.800mMen1st Round
5:54 p.m.5000mWomen1st Round
6:15 p.m.Triple JumpWomenQualifying
6:30 p.m.Shot PutMenFinal
6:37 p.m.100mWomen1st Round
7:25 p.m.10,000mMenFinal
Day 2 - Saturday, June 19, 2021
1:00 p.m.100mMenDecathlon
1:50 p.m.Long JumpMenDecathlon
2:15 p.m.Javelin ThrowMenQualifying
2:50 p.m.Shot PutMenDecathlon
4:00 p.m.High JumpMenDecathlon
4:30 p.m.Pole VaultMenQualifying
5:04 p.m.100m HurdlesWomen1st Round
5:15 p.m.Triple JumpMenQualifying
5:34 p.m.100mMen1st Round
6:03 p.m.100mWomenSemi-Finals
6:18 p.m.400mMenDecathlon
6:40 p.m.1500mWomenSemi-Finals
6:42 p.m.Discus ThrowWomenFinal
7:04 p.m.800mMenSemi-Finals
7:20 p.m.400mWomenSemi-Finals
7:35 p.m.400mMenSemi-Finals
7:51 p.m.100mWomenFinal
Day 3 - Sunday, June 20, 2021
12:15 p.m.110m HurdlesMenDecathlon
1:20 p.m.Discus ThrowMenDecathlon
3:45 p.m.Pole VaultMenDecathlon
4:25 p.m.Hammer ThrowMenFinal
5:15 p.m.JavelinMenDecathlon
5:50 p.m.High JumpWomenFinal
5:55 p.m.Triple JumpWomenFinal
6:03 p.m.100m HurdlesWomenSemi-Finals
6:15 p.m.JavelinMenDecathlon
6:19 p.m.100mMenSemi-Finals
6:35 p.m.3000m SteeplechaseWomen1st Round
7:06 p.m.400mWomenFinal
7:15 p.m.400mMenFinal
7:23 p.m.1500mMenDecathlon
7:43 p.m.100m HurdlesWomenFinal
Day 4 - Monday, June 21, 2021
3:30 p.m.Pole VaultMenFinal
4:15 p.m.Javelin ThrowMenFinal
4:29 p.m.3000m SteeplechaseMen1st Round
4:40 p.m.Triple JumpMenFinal
5:05 p.m.1500mWomenFinal
5:28 p.m.800mMenFinal
5:40 p.m.5000mWomenFinal
Day 5 - Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Rest Day
Day 6 - Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Rest Day   
Day 7 - Thursday, June 24, 2021
1:25 p.m.Hammer ThrowWomenQualifying
1:30 p.m.Shot PutWomenQualifying
5:00 p.m.Pole VaultWomenQualifying
5:45 p.m.Long JumpWomenQualifying
6:04 p.m.1500mMen1st Round
6:31 p.m.200mWomen1st Round
7:00 p.m.800mWomen1st Round
7:05 p.m.Discus ThrowMenQualifying
7:32 p.m.400m HurdlesMen1st Round
8:00 p.m.Shot PutWomenFinal
8:04 p.m.5000mMen1st Round
8:47 p.m.3000m SteeplechaseWomenFinal
Day 8 - Friday, June 25, 2021
1:00 p.m.Javelin ThrowWomenQualifying
1:30 p.m.Long JumpMenQualifying
2:04 p.m.200mMen1st Round
2:33 p.m.110m HurdlesMen1st Round
3:00 p.m.High JumpMenQualifying
3:02 p.m.800mWomenSemi-Finals
3:18 p.m.400m HurdlesMenSemi-Finals
3:30 p.m.Discus ThrowMenFinal
3:35 p.m.400m HurdlesWomen1st Round
4:05 p.m.1500mMenSemi-Finals
4:25 p.m.200mWomenSemi-Finals
4:42 p.m.3000m SteeplechaseMenFinal
Day 9 - Saturday, June 26, 2021
9:00 a.m.20km Race WalkMenFinal
9:01 a.m.20km Race WalkWomenFinal
1:15 p.m.100m HurdlesWomenHeptathlon
2:30 p.m.High JumpWomenHeptathlon
4:05 p.m.Hammer ThrowWomenFinal
4:40 p.m.Shot PutWomenHeptathlon
5:30 p.m.JavelinWomenFinal
5:38 p.m.200mWomenHeptathlon
5:40 p.m.Pole VaultWomenFinal
6:03 p.m.110m HurdlesMenSemi-Finals
6:19 p.m.400m HurdlesWomenSemi-Finals
6:30 p.m.Long JumpWomenFinal
6:35 p.m.400m HurdlesMenFinal
6:44 p.m.10,000mWomenFinal
7:24 p.m.200mWomenFinal
7:33 p.m.200mMenSemi-Finals
7:51 p.m.110m HurdlesMenFinal
Day 10 - Sunday, June 27, 2021
1:00 p.m.Long JumpWomenHeptathlon
1:30 p.m.High JumpMenFinal
2:15 p.m.Javelin ThrowWomenHeptathlon
3:50 p.m.800m - BWomenHeptathlon
4:00 p.m.Long JumpMenFinal
4:04 p.m.800m - AWomenHeptathlon
4:20 p.m.400m HurdlesWomenFinal
4:30 p.m.5000mMenFinal
4:52 p.m.800mWomenFinal
5:10 p.m.1500mMenFinal
5:22 p.m.200mMenFinal