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Jumping for joy: Broughton’s Williams qualifies for Olympics

Raleigh high jumper Jesse Williams is headed to the Olympics.

Williams, a Broughton High School graduate, finished fourth in the U.S. Track and Field Olympic trials earlier this week but already qualified based in part on a previous performance. Williams, the reigning World Champion, is a contender to medal in London.

Another Raleigh athlete could join him.

Bershawn “Batman” Jackson, a St. Augustine graduate, competed Friday in the semifinals of the men’s 400 meter hurdles after winning his preliminary heat on Thursday. He has won the U.S. Outdoor championship four times and was a bronze medalist in the 2008 Olympics.

Here’s how Raleigh’s other athletes fared:

Stephen Furst, N.C. State graduate, 19th in 5,000M – finished in 13 minutes, 56.16 seconds, less than six seconds off the final qualifying berth.

Ryan Hill, N.C. State, fifth 5th in 5,000M – ran personal-best 13:27.49 Thursday, but did not qualify.

Julia Lucas, N.C. State graduate, 4th in 5,000M – led women’s final until last 50 meters, but failed to qualify with a time of 15:19.83.

Bobby Mack, N.C. State graduate, 9th in 10,000M – finished with a time of 27:58.07.

Barbara Pierre, St. Augustine’s graduate, 14th in 100M – Pierre fell short of a bid to London, finishing with a time of 11.34 seconds in the women’s 100 meter final.

Jamaal Torrance, St. Augustine’s graduate, 25th in 400M – finished with a time of 46.74 seconds.

Josh Scott, St. Augustine’s graduate, 20th in 400M – Racing alongside Torrance, Scott finished with a time of 46.43 seconds.