The road to Tokyo begins in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend.

That’s the site of the Olympic Trials for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games that were postponed last year due to COVID-19. Two local track stars, Demek Kemp and Javianne Oliver, will makes their bid for the Olympic team that makes the trip to Japan next month.

Kemp and Oliver are both graduates of Monroe Area High School and have both made their mark in the men’s and women’s 100-meter dash event.

On the women’s side, Oliver began her weekend Friday in head three of four in the preliminary rounds.

The top three and next four fastest in each heat will advance to the semifinals with the top three and next fastest two from each semifinal advancing to the finals.

Kemp will begin competing Saturday in heat four of the four preliminary heats with Noah Lyles, Ronnie Baker, Bryce Robinson, Kendal Williams, Fred Kerley, Lance Lang and Denzell Feagin.

The top three and next four fastest in each heat will advance to the semifinals with the top two and next fastest two from each semifinal advancing to the finals.

The men’s opening round of the 100-meter will be live at 8:34 Saturday followed immediately by the women’s semifinal round. The women’s final will air later that night at 10:51.

The men’s 100-meter semifinals will be live Sunday at 9:19 p.m. with the finals being held later that night at 10:52.

The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials air live on NBC, NBCSN, NBCOlympics.com and Peacock from June 18-27 at the new Hayward Field in Eugene.

Brett Fowler is the sports editor of The Walton Tribune. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia and a 2010 graduate of Monroe Area High School. Brett has been covering Walton County sports since 2011.

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