Adams Competes at US Olympic Trials
Wolfpack All-American Dexter Adams narrowly missed the finals after a 15th-place showing in the long jump at the US Olympic Track & Field trials in Eugene, Ore. The three-time ACC Champion and 2008 NCAA Indoor All-American in the event, Adams finished his college career for the Wolfpack in June before competing in the trials.
Adams jumped a 25'00.75" in the event and had the third-best mark in school history earlier this year, becoming just the second Wolfpacker to break 26 feet.
GoPack.com caught up with Adams as he reacted to his experience at the trials:
"I was honored to be able to go to the trials. It was a goal I had set for myself as a child as well as going to the actual games. It couldn't have happened at a better time. It was an incredibly humbling experience. I met greats who put their names in the record books. I met record holders and athletes who I always looked up to. I was able to talk to them and their families about what its like. The journey, the struggles, the bumps. They all encouraged me to keep going. To not give up.
"It was awesome. The atmosphere is so charged and competitive but at the same time inviting. To be honest I felt at times that I didn't belong but that only made me want to get back there and prove to myself that I do. I was so dissapointed in my performance there and people were telling me to enjoy the experience and to be happy that I made it. It didn't make sense because I knew how I felt. I'm so competitive. I wanted to go to China. but I can truly say that I thank God for the experience. A lot of questions were answered in Oregon and I definitely will be back."