BIRMINGHAM, England - Former UNC Asheville sprinter Natalie Pearson came up just short in her bid to make the Great Britain Olympic sprint team this past weekend.
Pearson competed in the 100 and 200 meters at the Great Britain Olympic Trials that were held Friday through Sunday at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England.
The former Bulldog great, who has been training in Asheville this past year after graduating from UNC Asheville in 2011, raced in the 200 meters on Sunday. The Sheffield native ran a time of 24.45 in the third and final heat of the first round. She just missed qualifying for the finals by .49. Pearson was one of 21 runners running in the 200 on Sunday and finished third in her heat. She was hoping to make the finals which had eight runners with the top three of the finals going on to the Olympics that will be held in London starting on July 27.
On Friday, Pearson was one of 30 runners competing in the 100 meters. She posted a time of 12.13 in the third heat and finished in fourth place.
Pearson, the two-time UNC Asheville Female Athlete of the Year and Big South Conference Track and Field Athlete of the Year, is expected back in Asheville later this week.