Track & Field |
May 27, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Chandler Groves qualified for the NCAA Championships at the Mid-East Regional Championships on May 26-27at the Tom Black Track. Groves finished fifth in the long jump to move on to national competition.
Groves, who finished third in the long jump at the BIG EAST Championships on May 5-7, leapt a season-best 25' 0", just 2-3/4" shy of his personal best.
The BIG EAST Champion 4x100 team of Justin Conway, Cedric Powell, Bob Kandell, and John Bowie finished fourth in 40.16, but ran a blazing 40.08 in the preliminaries to break the school record (40.35), set in 2000. The squad will finished one spot out of an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships, but will await the at-large announcements, which will be made next week.
Bowie also competed in the 100 meters, finishing 20th in prelims in a season-best 10.45. Kandell placed 18th in the long jump, leaping 23' 11-1/2". Powell was 32nd in the 400 meter prelims, running a 48.52. Kevin Schwarz finished 15th in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, running a 9:09.81.
Renee Hein, a 2005 NCAA qualifier, finished ninth in the high jump, clearing 5' 9-1/4", while record-holding pole vaulter Tara Meier (12' 0") finished 18th. Teammate and co-record-holder Brittany Klima failed to clear the initial height in the vault.
The 2006 NCAA Championships will take place on June 7-10 at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.