Hampton native Tynita Butts-Townsend competes in high jump Wednesday night at Olympics

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton native Tynita Butts-Townsend competed Wednesday night at the women’s high jump at the Olympics.

Wednesday night was the qualifying round, which begins at 8:10 p.m. ET. Butts-Townsend did not advance to the finals. She came in 15th in her heat.

Butts-Townsend, 31, graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria and East Carolina University, where she was a 7-time All-American. In 2014, Butts-Townsend was named Conference USA Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and finished second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Butts-Townsend didn’t make the final at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but she was chosen for the third and final spot on the team due to her No. 21 world ranking.

Chesapeake’s Grant Holloway also raced in the men’s 110m hurdles on Wednesday night. He secured the silver medal.

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