DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Ronnie McGirt, former Albany State University and Dublin High School track standout competed in the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.
McGirt competed for a spot to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics in London. McGirt competed against 31 of the best athletes in the 110 meter hurdles. He finished strong in heat three in the preliminaries but failed to advance.
Albany State University Track Coach Ken Taylor University knows this is not the end of McGirt's career.
"He doesn't have the resources out here in Albany. At the collegiate level, he can compete with the best of them. He won national championship. He has to get back at it. He's got the right attitude to be successful. He's a great guy," said Taylor.
Dublin High School's Athletic Director Roger Holmes says he coulnd't be more proud.
"He's very quiet, very shy but you could tell he had tremendous athletic ability. I watched what he did in college, and I expect nothing but greatness in the future," Holmes said.
Monica McGirt, Ronnie's younger cousin says she's proud to be related to the hometown hero.
"The teachers at school smile and tell us how they're proud of him and they ask us are we related to him," said Monica McGirt.
According to family members, McGirt is back at his home in Albany. Taylor said he's talked with McGirt since the trials and said he's positive about the future.