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Former AU track and field athletes secure trip to 2024 Paris Olympics

Both Katie Moon and Trevor Bassitt will represent the university at an international stage
Nageotte thrusts herself over the bar and into history by securing a gold medal.

After recording the top women’s pole vault mark in the world back on June 2 at 4.85 meters, Ashland University graduate Katie Moon has now officially punched her ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Her mark of 4.73 meters placed her second overall in the trials.

However, she wasn’t the only AU alumni to find incredible success this past week.

Alongside Moon, sprinter Trevor Bassitt will also make the trek overseas after he finished third in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 47.82 seconds. His season-best mark placed him in third, the last spot available to appear at the Summer Olympic Games for Team USA.

Bassitt has found tremendous success in the professional running scene in recent years, taking home an outdoor gold and bronze medal and two silver indoor medals. This will be his first trip to the Olympics, a feat he had been striving for years to accomplish.

“I really wanted to make sure I attacked that second turn,” he said in reference to his qualifying race. “I told myself to stay smooth and not force anything.”

Just like Bassitt, Moon has also made strides in her respective scene.

In 2021 she appeared in the Tokyo Summer Olympics held in Japan, where she took home a gold medal with a vault of 4.90 meters. Outside of the Olympics, she is a two-time world champion and a world silver medalist.

The 2024 Paris Olympics will take place July 26 through Aug. 11 in Paris, France.

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