Former Texas State track and field athlete Logan Cunningham celebrated Independence Day by punching in his ticket to Rio.
Cunningham made one of the three spots on the U.S. Olympic Team in the pole vault.
Before being able to compete for a spot on the Olympic Team, he had to make it through the qualifying round held Saturday. He advanced, and cleared all three heights. His last attempt consisted of 5.55 meters putting him through to the finals.
On Monday, Cunningham’s first height was 5.40 meters, 15 centimeters less than his qualifying height. He was able to clear the next two attempts putting him in second place.
On his next attempt, Cunningham was unable to clear 5.65 on all three tries, bumping him to third place.
Samford’s Tray Oates tried to clear an attempt at 5.70 meters. On all three tries, Oates grazed the bar handing the third and final spot to Cunningham.
Sam Kendrick of Nike won the competition with a clearance of 5.91 meters. Cale Simmons of the U.S. Air Force finished second with a clearance of 5.65 meters.
Cunningham is the third athlete from Texas State to represent Team USA, along with Mike Hazel and Charles Austin—who won the gold medal in the men’s high jump in the 1996 games in Atlanta.
Cunningham is set to compete in the qualifying round on Saturday, August 13 beginning at 6:20 p.m. Central Time.