Two women qualified for the Olympics on Sunday. 29-year-old Quanera Hayes, who grew up in Hope Mill and graduated from Grays Creek High School, won the women’s 400-meter final on Sunday.
Her 2-year-old son was there to watch.
“I did not want him to miss this moment because it was such a big moment for me,” she said. “I knew that he would be able to look back on this moment for the rest of his life.”
She said it’s not just persistence that makes her successful, it’s God.
“That’s where i find my peace — in him,” she said. “And to get rid of my nervousness and to calm my anxiety at performing at this level.”
28-year-old Kendra Harrison came in first place in the 100-meter hurdles race. She went to Clayton High School.
Harrison tried out for the 2016 Olympics but didn’t make it.
“2016, that was a disappointment, but it’s nice to look into the future and finally be over that hump,” she said. “Five years, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to come out here and compete in the trials.”