DICKINSON, N.D. – Two Dickinson State University (DSU) alumni will take the field in Rio for the 2016 Summer Games. Trevor Barry ('09) and Adrian Griffith, Jr. ('06) will represent their home country of the Bahamas in the 2016 games. Barry will compete in the men's high jump and Griffith, Jr. will compete in the men's 100m.
According to former DSU head track and field coach, Pete Stanton, Griffith, Jr. is a six time All-American in the sprints. He finished runner up in the men's 100m, 200m and long jump competitions at the 2006 national meet where Dickinson State won its third straight national title. He was also recognized as an Academic All-American in the same year.
"Adrian has really taken off in the sprint the past two years. He has worked very hard to get where he has, and is a very passionate competitor," said Stanton. "He had a very successful career at DSU, was on two national championship teams, and was very strong academically as well."
Barry has also made significant contributions to the Dickinson State track and field team, leading the Blue Hawks to three national championships. A 14 time All-American, Barry has won seven national championship crowns during his time at DSU, including one with the men's 4x400m relay team that set an NAIA national record in 2006.
"Trevor Barry was one of the all-time great athletes to come out of Dickinson State. His accomplishments speak for themselves, including seven national championships and helping to lead DSU to team titles in 2004, 2005, and 2006," said Stanton.
"Trevor is a fierce competitor and tremendous athlete. Most importantly, Trevor is great person. His drive, character, and vision have allowed him to continue to achieve unbelievable success at the world level since college."
Barry will be inducted into the DSU Hall of Fame in 2016.
Dickinson State has been represented in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. In the 2004 games in Athens, Aaron Cleare ('06) competed in the men's 4x400m relay. In Beijing in 2008, Derrick Atkins ('11), competed in the men's 100m and Ramon Miller ('10) won silver in the men's 4x400m relay.
In the 2012 games in London, three DSU alumni made appearances. Atkins ran the men's 100m, Barry made his Olympic debut in the men's high jump, and Miller ran multiple events - the men's 400m and the men's 4x400m relay in which he won a gold medal anchoring the Bahamian team.
DSU and the Dickinson community are rooting for our alumni as they take the field this summer in Rio. We hope to see Barry and Griffith, Jr. move on to the finals in their respective competitions. If they have successful semifinal rounds, Griffith, Jr. will compete in the men's 100m final Sunday, Aug. 14, with coverage beginning at 5:20 p.m. MT and Barry will compete in the men's high jump final Tuesday, Aug. 16, with coverage beginning at 5:15 MT on NBC.