A-Sun Track Athletes Head to Eugene for NCAA Championship

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Fifteen Atlantic Sun Track and Field student athletes have qualified for the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon after competing in the East Preliminaries.

The NCAA Championship is set to start on Wednesday, June 5th and continue to Saturday, June 8th.

Wednesday will feature both Kennesaw State's and ETSU's women’s 4x100 relay teams as they start the track events at 4 PM PST.

The Owl’s squad of Cynthia Davis, Alicia Whittle, Kentrell White and Hannah Wood se a qualifying time of 44.74 to finish ninth in the East Prelims. This marks the first time the KSU women’s track and field team will be represented in the NCAA Championship since becoming a Division I program.

The Bucs quartet of Courtney Kinlaw, Keturah Williams, Karissa Bertling and Emani Harrison turned in their best with an ETSU school record time of 44.75 and a tenth-place finish at the East Prelims.

Joining the competition on Wednesday is Jacksonville’s seniors Joane Pierre and Bienna Freeman as well as sophomore Shanique Walker. Pierre and Freeman both qualified for the 800m, while Walker will compete in the 100m hurdle.

On Thursday, ETSU’s Tyler Stepp will compete in the long jump at 4:30 PM PST. In the East Prelims Stepp achieved a personal best with a leap of 7.79m to grab a second-place finish.

Lipscomb’s freshman Madelin Talbert will make history for the Bisons on Thursday as she will be the first women’s track and field athlete to compete in the NCAA Championship. Talbert crushed the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the East Prelims. She crossed the finish line fourth in her heat and 12th overall in 10:11.21.

On Saturday a duo of A-Sun triple jumpers will compete starting at 12:30 PM PST with KSU’s Andre Dorsey and the Buccaneers’ Jason Johnson both competing in the event. Dorsey, a sophomore, was the A-Sun Championship MVP and finished sixth at the East Prelims, while Johnson registered a mark of 15.40m to finish ninth.

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