EUGENE -- Former Oregon Ducks vaulter Becky Holliday qualified Sunday for the Olympics with a second-place finish at the trials.
The unsponsored Holliday, 32, left the University of Oregon in 2003. Since then, she has has funded her training by working odd jobs as a server and a bagger at the airport.
She cleared 14 feet 11 inches. Winner and U.S. record holder Jenn Suhr won with a vault of 15 feet 1. Lacy Janson qualified third.
"It feels like I'm dreaming," Holliday said in a post-race interview.
She said qualifying on the familiar Hayward field was especially moving for her. She was the 2003 NCAA champion. She finished sixth in the 2008 trials.
"I've thought about this for 10 years, since I was a Duck, and also dreaming of being an Olympian since I was five."
Before going to the U of O, Holliday also competed for Clackamas Community College.
"After I left (Eugene), I felt like I had let my fans down because I haven’t made an Olympic team. I just have to thank my loyal fans for sticking with me through everything.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.