Meet Your HBCU 2016 Rio Olympians

After months of training, our HBCUs are being well represented in the 2016 Rio Games. A Jackson State grad and two-time Olympian Michael Tinsley is looking forward to his first taste of gold in the 400-meter hurdles.

On the track, the Hampton star Francena McCorory is chasing gold, again. Coppin State’s Christina Epps is a newcomer to the international scene, and Jeff Henderson, who earned a business administration degree from Stillman in 2013, is also experiencing what it feels like to be an Olympian for the first time.

Here is the list of HBCU athletes competing in Rio.

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Christina Epps: Epps is a Coppin State grad who qualified for her first trip to the Rio Games, registering a new personal record of 46 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump.

Jeff Henderson: Henderson is a former Stillman College athlete and was the winner of the long jump title in the 2016 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials.

Francena McCorory: McCorory is a Hampton standout and is the defending 4×400 relay champion along with three others.

Michael Tinsley: The former Jackson State star qualified for the Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles.

Kendra Clarke — Johnson C. Smith University
Track and Field (Canada)

Tia Adana-Belle — Saint Augustine’s University Track and Field (Barbados)

Brandon Jones– Hampton (Beliz) Track and Field

Brandon Valentine Parris – (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) Claflin University


JLOiU3g5Roxroy Cato — Saint Augustine’s University Track and Field (Jamaica)

Yvette Lewis– Hampton University (Panama) Track and Field

Chris Brown – Norfolk State University Track and Field (Bahamas)

Tindwende Thierry Sawadogo – (Burkina Faso)  Savannah State University

Shermaine Williams – Johnson C Smith University

Source : HBCU News

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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