Three more former Hilltoppers headed to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Jake Moore, Sports Editor

Three more WKU alumni qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Track & Field rosters on Tuesday. Michelle Finn, Gavin Smellie and Martin Owusu-Antwi will join Jessica Ramsey as the four athletes that will represent WKU athletics during the games.

Finn is competing for Ireland in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase event and Owusu-Antwi will compete on Ghana’s 4×100-meter relay team. Smellie is expected to compete in Canada’s relay team.

Owusu-Antwi currently holds the WKU program record for the men’s indoor 200-meter event and was a member of the 4×400-meter relay team that set the best time in program history. He is the most recent WKU graduate to be competing in the Olympics. 

Owusu-Antwi also played a part in the 4×400-meter relay teams that hold four of the top five all-time best marks in program history. He qualified for the NCAA East Regionals in the 200, 4×100-meter relay and 4×400-meter relay events in 2019.

Owusu-Antwi, a Ghana native, also competed for the Hilltoppers on a national level. He was named a Second Team All-American in the indoor 4×400-meter relay event in 2019 and also competed at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay events. Owusu-Antwi served as an assistant to WKU for the 2019-20 season after his graduation.

Smellie compiled a compressive resume before graduation and is a seven-time Sun Belt event champion. Smellie finished on the Sun Belt Championships podium in the outdoor 100-meter event in all four of his years at WKU.

He was named the the Male Sun Belt Outdoor Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet in both 2008 and 2009 and was also named the top male point scorer at the 2009 SBC Outdoor Championships. Smellie qualified for NCAA East Regionals in at least one event in each of his four years on the Hill. 

Smellie earned All-American status in both 2008 and 2009 after competing at the Indoor National Championships on the 4×400-meter relay team in 2008 and in the outdoor 200-meter and 4×400-meter relay team in 2008 and 2009. Smellie also competed in the outdoor 4×400-meter relay event in 2010.

Smellie already has two Olympic Games under his belt, representing Canada in the 4×100-meter relay both times. He was a part of the Canadian relay team that appeared to have won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics before both the result and team were disqualified for a lane violation.

Finn is a four-time Sun Belt Champion. She won the 2010 and 2012 3,000-meter steeplechase events, the 2011 outdoor 5,000-meter event and was a member of the 2010 Indoor Distance Medley Relay Championship team. Finn holds the all-time program record steeplechase mark at 10:14.09 which she set back in 2012.

Finn, an Ireland native, made the NCAA East Regionals in both 2011 and 2012 with her steeplechase times. She was also a 2011 and 2012 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team member. This is Finn’s second Olympic Games having competed in the same steeplechase event for Ireland during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

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