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Former Xavier Prep standout Jah Strange competing in US Olympic Trials

Local star Jah Strange is no stranger to success in athletics.

Strange was a former KESQ student-athlete of the week, earning honors as a track and field star at Xavier Prep. He graduated in 2016.

As a prep athlete, Strange dominated in the desert but also in the state. He was a two-time California state meet qualifier in the triple jump, earning three CIF-SS individual championships.

After stints at Sacramento State and Purdue, Strange just graduated at Kansas State where he jumped for the Wildcats.

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Now he's hoping he can jump for team USA as an Olympic athlete.

Strange is trying to make the team in the triple-jump, one of the field events part of the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Strange arrived via plane on Thursday night. He is expected to go through COVID-19 testing on Friday before a chance of a lifetime on Saturday.

Strange competed in the prelims Saturday, finishing in 10th with a 16.10m performance. He advances to compete in the finals on Monday, June 21.

You can follow along online at their website but be sure to stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for more on this developing story.

Good luck, Jah!

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