Women's Outdoor Track
Four Individuals, Relay Team Qualify for NCAA Championships


Updated May 30, 2005 08:19:13

Four Individuals, Relay Team Qualify for NCAA Championships


BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Louisiana Tech continued the season that resulted in a pair of conference championships as four individuals and one relay advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with numerous outstanding performances on Saturday at the Mideast Regional.

Doria Appleberry is one of two athletes nationally to qualify in both the women’s 100 and 400-meter hurdles.

The senior ran a 13.51 to finish fifth in the 100-meter hurdles before coming back an hour later to post her fastest time of the season in the 400-meter hurdles to finish second and move on the NCAAs in that event as well. Appleberry clocked a 57.50 in the 400-meter hurdles event moving on to the NCAA Championships that will begin on June 8th in Sacramento, Calif.

Brenda-Grace Hunt had a solid throw of 160 feet to stamp her ticket to the NCAAs in ten days. Hunt is ranked No. 2 nationally in the event and will be competing for a national title for the second consecutive year after finishing 10th at the national meet a year ago.

Nina Gilbert qualified for the second consecutive year in the 400 meters with a 53.05 time to finish third in the regional.

Ayanna Alexander advanced as well with a triple jump of 42-7 which was good enough for a fourth place finish at the Mideast Regional. Alexander graduated a week ago and will now be competing at the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row.

The 1,600-meter relay team clocked the second fastest time in school history with a 3:34.95 to finish third behind Tennessee and Auburn to advance to the NCAAs for the second consecutive year.

Appleberry, Gilbert, Latonia Wilson and Krystal Cole make up the mile relay team for the Lady Techsters that finished 15th at the NCAA Championships last June.

The 400-meter relay team was disqualified in Friday’s prelims but has a chance to advance with an at-large selection as a result of its No. 12 national ranking coming into the regional.

As a team, the Lady Techsters finished 8th at the Mideast Regional with 36 points.

Women’s Standings
1) Tennessee 82
2) LSU 61
3) Michigan 42.50
4) Ohio State 41.33
5) Arkansas 40
6) Auburn 39
7) Alabama 38
8) Louisiana Tech 36
9) Kent State 33
10) Illinois 32
11) Southern Mississippi 26
12) Notre Dame 22.83
13) Purdue 21
14) Southern Illinois 19
15) Eastern Michigan 18
16) Akron 17.33
17) Missouri 17
18) Central Michigan 16
19) Mississippi 14.50
20) Butler 13
21) Miami-Ohio 12
22) Indiana 9
23) Louisiana-Monroe 8
23) Western Illinois 8
23) Samford 8
26) Kentucky 7
27) Cincinnati 6.50
28) Southwest Missouri State 6
28) Tulane 6
30) Illinois State 5
30) Tennessee-Chattanooga 5
30) Western Michigan 5
33) Western Kentucky 4
33) Memphis 4
33) Marquette 4
33) Wisconsin 4
37) Alcorn State 3
38) Bowling Green State 2
39) Michigan State 1.50
39) Arkansas State 1.50