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A Yakima Family has Two Olympic Hopefuls

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YAKIMA, Wa.- Craig Everhart is a track and field celebrity in Yakima, and he's been running for over 10 years now.  

"It seemed like he just began to pick it up naturally," said Pastor John Everhart, Craig's grandfather.

He started sprinting in track races in middle school, then at Davis High School and then at UCLA. Just a few months ago, he was one of 36 men that qualified for the Olympic team try-outs.

"We are very excited and we know that Craig had put a lot of energy into the rack and field," said Everhart.

Craig was injured right before try-outs and rehab didn't work as fast as he had hoped for.

"We were really disheartened to know that he did not make it," said Everhart.

That doesn't mean he's not going to the Olympics...

"God has just turned it around so his wife will qualify and Craig will go to support," said Everhart.

Craig met Dawn Harper through the track team at UCLA. Now, they're married.

"God has a way of blessing us," said Everhart.

And for Craig, that blessing is Dawn. Dawn will be competing for the 100-meter hurdle race on the U.S. Olympic team.

"He accepts the fact that this is just not his season right now. His purpose is to be there to support his wife," said Everhart.

Craig is trying to raise money right now to be able to go watch his wife at the Beijing Olympics.
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