Track and field looks to add NCAA Regional entries at final outdoor meets

Thursday, May 10, 2012

ATLANTA and GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 10, 2012) – The ETSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in their final two regular season meets this weekend, traveling to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech Invitational and then to Greensboro, N.C. for the Aggie Classic.

The Georgia Tech Invitational is a two-day meet from Friday to Saturday at the George C. Griffin Track and Field Complex. The Aggie Classic will take place on Sunday at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.

The weekend meets will be ETSU’s last chance at gaining additional entries into the NCAA Regional. The top 48 marks in each event of the region gain eligibility into the field. Currently, Ifrish Alberg (Paramaribo, Suriname) holds a qualifying time of 10.35 in the 100m dash, and freshman Jadon Short (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) has a qualifying 7.41m triple jump.

The Bucs also have several competitors who are close to qualifying marks. Marek Navratil (Olomouc, Czech Republic) ranks in a tie for 52nd in the high jump after his 2.09m performance last weekend, and Jason Johnson (Philadelphia, Pa.) ranks 49th in the triple jump with his 15.09m mark he set at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships.

ETSU’s 4x100m relay team consisting of Alberg, Short, Errol Cash (Nassau, Bahamas) and Tim O’Dell (Palm Coast, Fla.) currently ranks 31st in the East Region, and needs to cut their time of 40.41 down to 40.17 to make the top 24 who qualify in the relay. O’Dell is also on the bubble in the 400m, ranking 56th in the region at 47.27. The current qualifying time in the 400m is 47.13.

On the women’s side, sophomore Lexie Burley (Johnson City, Tenn.) currently ranks No. 66 in the triple jump, and will be looking to add another .20m to her 12.31m jump in order to leap into the top 48. Katerina Vodova (Humpolec, Czech Republic) is close in the high jump, as she currently resides in a tie for 69th at 1.72m. The height she will be looking to clear this weekend in order to qualify for regionals is 1.75m. The freshman also ranks No. 36 nationally in the heptathlon, 131 points behind the current qualifying point total.

In the 100m, sophomores Emani Harrison (Columbia, S.C.) and Taylor Story (Germantown, Tenn.) will be looking to break the top 48. Harrison enters the weekend No. 59 in the region with a time of 11.72, while Story comes in at No. 82 with a time of 11.80. The current qualifying time to match is 11.67.

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