EUGENE, Ore. - Former Riverside City College men's track and field standout Chris Bernard participated in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team trails on Monday afternoon in the Triple Jump (TJ) in hopes of securing his second Olympic appearance. After an initial mark of 16.84 m, Bernard took to his final leap and earned a 17.01m mark, landing him in the top three and securing a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. He is joined by fellow countrymen Will Claye (17.14 m) and Donald Scott (17.18 m).
"Chris has worked hard and overcome the cancelation of the Olympics last year and has been a model of perseverance," said Head Coach Jim McCarron. "He has represented the Tigers and the sport of track and field well. We wish Chris the best on his quest for a medal at the 2021 Olympics in Japan."
Bernard was the 2010 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Individual Track & Field Champion in the Long Jump (LJ) and TJ. His efforts earned him a full-ride scholarship to Arizona State University after being sought out by a handful of Division I programs.
He went on to become three-time All-American for the Sun Devil's and holds the record for TJ and LJ.
(Nicho DellaValle, Riverside City College Athletics)