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Golden Eagle Track and Field Teams Send Twelve to the East Preliminary Round

Ganna Demydova

Ganna Demydova

May 18, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Twelve Southern Miss track and field team student-athletes have earned a spot to participate in the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Rounds.

The event, which spans three days (May 24-26), will be held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UNF Arena ticket office, online, or by phone at (904) 620-BIRD (2473). On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the gate starting one hour prior. An all-session pass for adults is $35, while youth (under 17) and college student all-session passes are $25; single-session passes for students is $10 and $15 for adults. Children two and younger are admitted free of charge.

The Southern Miss women's team had six athletes earn nine entries. Tori Bowie and Ganna Demydova lead the group, ranking first in the East in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. Bowie owns the school-record mark in the long jump at 6.78m (22-3). Demydova owns a No. 1 standing as well, ranking atop the region in the triple jump with a career-best and school-record mark of 14.03m (46-00.50). Ke'Airra Jones will be making her third consecutive appearance to the East Preliminary in the high jump as she ranks No. 17 in the standings. Three Golden Eagles earned their first trip to the post season are Rachel Polk, Cara Wells and Tamarra Bowie. Polk and Wells earned a spot in the discus. Polk also will compete in the shot put event. Tamarra Bowie will compete in the triple jump. Demydova also qualified to compete in the long jump while Tori Bowie will compete in the 100 meters. Bowie's time in the 100 meters ranks No. 8 in the East.

On the men's side, six athletes secured a total of six spots. Dale Dunn qualified for the 800 meters after posting a school-record time of 1:49.76 at the C-USA Championship. Randy MCoy earned a spot in the 110m hurdles. In the field events, Marcus Norwood, Jr. (high jump), Robert Collingwood (shot), Richard Collingwood (discus) and Suyi Georgewill (hammer throw) each qualified in their respective field events.

The qualifiers out of the regions will compete in the NCAA Championships held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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