Seymour heading to NCAA Championships after breaking Bahamian Record
Seymour heading to NCAA Championships after breaking Bahamian Record
Friday, May 26, 2017

The New Providence, Bahamas native broke the national record in the 400m hurdles

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 26, 2017) – A historic season continues for ETSU track and field senior Katrina Seymour (New Providence, Bahamas) as she automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400 meter hurdles after posting an ETSU and Bahamian National Record of 56.32 on Thursday.

Seymour becomes the first women’s ETSU track and field athlete since Heidi Dahl in 2009 to advance to the NCAA Championships. The NCAA Championships will take play in Eugene, Ore., June 7 -10 at Historic Hayward Field.

Once again, Seymour’s time broke an ETSU school record and also broke a Bahamian record set by Michelle Cumberbatch at the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2010.

“Katrina never ceases to amaze me with an outstanding performance today,” said director of track and field/cross country George Watts. “We had no idea whether she could run following her injury at the conference meet, then to run a school record, personal best and Bahamian national record is mind boggling.”

“Athletic Trainer Nathan Barger worked hard to help her get as healthy as possible and congrats to Coach Stamps for getting Katrina ready to compete and on to Eugene.”

In the third heat of the quarterfinals, Seymour placed third to automatically qualify for the national championships. Overall, Seymour recorded the fourth fastest time, with the two of the top five times coming from her heat.

This is the second straight year that ETSU will be represented in Eugene, Ore., as senior Michael Williams advanced a season ago in the 400mH. Seymour is the first female athlete to do so since Dahl in 2009.

The semifinal of the 400mH at the NCAA Championships will take place on Thursday, June 8 at 9:30 p.m., and can be watched live on ESPN.

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