Seahawks Wide Receiver DK Metcalf to Participate in Olympic Trials for 100-Meter Dash

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) catches a pass during early pregame warmups against the Los Angeles Rams at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ole Miss wide receiver DK Metcalf is testing his speed against the fastest men in the country, and possibly the world.

Metcalf is slated to participate in the USA Track and Field Golden Games on Sunday in the 100-meter dash. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has not competed in a track meet since his days at Oxford High School, but his 4.33-second 40-yard time at the 2019 NFL Combine and his reputation as one of the fastest straight-ahead runners in the NFL attracted the attention of USA Track and Field.

After Metcalf ran down Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker in an NFL game last fall, hitting a top speed of 22.64 mph, USATF sent a tweet inviting him to “test his speed against real speed” at the Olympic trials.

Metcalf will do just that Sunday. He will be one of the 16 sprinters participating in the Golden Games with 24 spots remaining to compete in the US Olympic trials. Metcalf can automatically qualify for the Olympic trials if he runs in 10.05 seconds or faster or if he clocks in as one of the fastest men who doesn’t hit that mark. Per Yahoo Sports, the time needed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic trials was 10.16 seconds.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Nick Suss

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