Former North Carolina A&T Track & Field
star Calesio Newman nearly advanced to the 2012 London Olympic Games, falling
just 1/100th of a second short of making the Team USA squad in the
200 meter dash.
Newman placed fourth in the 200 meter run with a 20.17 time
on June 30, just missing the Top 3 cutoff to qualify for Team USA. He set a new personal best in the outdoor
200 with his previous best being a 20.28 time, which earned him second place in
the 200 meter preliminary at the USATF Olympic Trials on June 29.
There was a question as to whether Newman pulled up too
early to look at the crowd because he believed he had third place wrapped up.
He said that was not the case.
On his twitter page @Mr_Sprinta, he wrote: "I just want
everyone to know I left it all out on the track. Thanks for everyone for your
support. I wasn't looking. I was leaning for the line but lesson learned. I
still give God the praise."
Newman also ran a 10.19 time in the 100 meter preliminary
and a 10.32 time in the 100 meter semi-final race at the Trials.
Newman represented the U.S. in the Pan American Games, which
were held in Guadalajara, Mexico, last fall en route to preparing for the
Newman, a native of Green Sea, S.C. graduated from A&T
in 2010. While at A&T, Newman was a
four-time NCAA Regional qualifier, a three-time NCAA Nationals qualifier and a
two-time USA Track and Field Championship qualifier. He left A&T as the three-time 100 meter
champion, and he won the 200 as a senior.
"He ran a great race," said James Daniels, who is the
interim director of track and field programs at North Carolina A&T. Daniels
is also Newman's trainer.
"He has had a wonderful season," Daniels added. "He has
represented his family, himself and North Carolina A&T as an alumnus."