OLYMPIC TRIALS: Southwest Georgia track stars Akins, Roulhac come up short of Olympic dreams

Ty Akins

Ty Akins

EUGENE, Ore. — Four years of hard work and a lifetime’s worth of dreams came tumbling down when Ty Akins leaped over his seventh hurdle of the night.

Akins, a Bainbridge native and former Auburn star, tripped over the seventh hurdle in Saturday’s 110-hurdles finals at the Olympic Team Trials and failed to finish the race.

And just like that, it was all over for the sixth-ranked hurdler in the nation, who needed to finish in the Top 3 to represent the United States in the London Olympics.

Akins was one of eight runners to make it to the finals and hit a couple of hurdles at the beginning of the race that slowed his momentum.

Former Albany State star Brandon Roulhac also failed to make it to London, finishing in fifth place in Saturday’s triple jump finals.

Albany’s Angelo Taylor, a two-time gold medalist and the reigning Olympic champion, runs in the finals of the 400 hurdles at 7:12 p.m. today on NBC.