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Sycamores Get Three to Nationals on Day Two of NCAA East Preliminary Round

May 30, 2014


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Sycamores added three more athletes to their list of NCAA Qualifiers, as they completed a successful second day at the NCAA East Region in Jacksonville, Florida.


“It was a great day for us and I was happy we were able to qualify a few athletes through to the national championships,” said Head Coach John McNichols. “There were other athletes we wanted to get to the championships as well, but they had great efforts so you can be proud of that. We got more athletes through to tomorrow’s finals in the 110 meter hurdles and tomorrow will be an exciting day for us.”


The Sycamores qualified sophomore Katie Wise in the 100 meter dash when she won her heat in a time of 11.18 seconds. Her time ranked second overall on the day, as Alabama’s Remona Burchell had the fastest time at 11.03 seconds. Wise also qualified for the final of the 200 meter dash after winning her heat in a time of 23.28 seconds, which was the third fastest time of the day.


“I was very happy about my race today, I was trying to beat Dezerea (Bryant) and she really pushed me to run faster,” said Wise. “I was able to beat her and win my heat, but I was second overall. I’m really excited to see what I can run at nationals now.”


Senior Mary Theisen placed ninth overall with a throw of 178 feet 3 inches to earn a trip in the NCAA Championships. She will attempt to qualify in the shot put as well tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. (ET). Sophomore Katelyn Rutz placed 45th with a toss of 147 feet 10 inches.


“I felt great after my first throw because it was a personal record,” said Theisen. “For me to build on that and bring my excitement back down on my next throws, but I felt really good.”


Senior Max Tuttle placed ninth in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 50.99 seconds, after placing fifth in his heat. Tuttle will make the trek to Eugene, Oregon in two weeks to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Junior’s Jonathan Jackson and Arqeil Shaw placed 20th and 21st overall in times of 51.86 and 52.37, respectively.


“It wasn’t my smoothest hurdling, but I was able to have a good enough finish to get back into the race,” said Tuttle. “I’m just really blessed to have been able to qualify. I wanted to it extremely bad and it’s nice to see my hard work pay off.”


Senior Chris Fields placed 32nd in the Hammer Throw with a toss of 193 feet 8 inches to start the day of competition.


Sophomore Kimyanna Rudolph had a great day in the pole vault, as she cleared 13 feet 7.25 inches to put herself in contention for a spot at nationals. A two and a half hour weather delay pushed the conclusion of the event back and Rudolph ultimately ended up 14th overall, just two spots shy of spot in the NCAA Championships.


“I feel like I had a really great day,” said Rudolph. “I nearly hit my personal record jump, so it was a great day, but there was just really tough competition.”


Senior Greggmar Swift and sophomore Adarius Washington both won their heat to advance to tomorrow’s final with impressive times. Swift will head into the final with the second fastest time of the day, he ran 13.53 seconds. Washington hit a big personal best to run 13.74 seconds, which ranks him third going into finals.


“It was a pretty easy race,” said Swift. “I just got out and ran the first two hurdles hard and no one was next to me so I just coasted to the line.” Washington added, “The race felt good for me and I just want to keep the momentum going forward.”


Junior Carmeila Stewart ran a great race to qualify for the finals of the 100 meter hurdles, as she placed third in her heat in a time of 13.52 seconds. She will head into tomorrow’s final ranked 22nd, as she looks for a spot in the NCAA Championships.


The Sycamores will compete in the final day of competition starting tomorrow at noon with the men’s pole vault. 

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