U.S. Olympic (Trial) Bound
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 29, 2016) — Bilal Abdullah, a senior, has become the first Kennesaw State University student to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
The Snellville, Georgia native, who is a two-time U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association First Team All-American and a five-time ASUN Champion, will participate in the long jump qualifying round of the U.S. Olympic Trials beginning on Saturday, July 1.
Abdullah's school-record long jump of 7.98m (26'2.25) at the UAB Vulcan Invitational was the 12th farthest amongst athletes from the U.S. this season and was good enough to earn him a spot in the trials.
"Every athletes dream is to make it to the trials and then to the Olympics," Abdullah said. "I don't know what my future holds, but I am blessed beyond words no matter what happens. I am especially excited to be able to compete in a Kennesaw State jersey one last time.
"Just to be able to have this experience is a mercy from God," Abdullah added. "I had an injury after the indoor season that was a major humbling experience. Even after healing completely, I haven't come even close to what I was during the indoor season. Losing everything you've worked for four years is a really hard pill to swallow, but everything is in God's hands. My job is only to live my purpose."
The senior recently completed his collegiate competition career with 10 program records and he is one of five seniors who has won eight straight conference championship team titles.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.