May 28, 2008
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Five Southern Miss track and field athletes have qualified for the 2008 NCAA Division I Mideast Outdoor Track and Field Regional, hosted by Arkansas, May 30-31, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Cornelius Duncan, Cheris Fletcher, Ashley May, Hana Prudilova and Noah Slater have met the qualifying standards for their events.
Duncan, the 2008 Conference USA Champion and returning NCAA All-American, will compete in the 400 meters. The senior from Birmingham, Ala., clocked a season-best time of 46.36, ranking 32nd nationally.
Slater, a freshman football player from Metairie, La., recorded a regional qualifying mark in the javelin in his second meet with a throw of 63.90m (209'8").
Fletcher, a junior and current school record holder in the 400 meters, ran a season and personal best time of 54.04 at the Florida State Seminole Meet in April. The Albany, Ga., native finished fourth at the C-USA Outdoor Championship.
May, a junior from Hoover, Ala., qualified for two events, the long jump and triple jump. She recorded a season-best mark of 6.09m (19'11.75") in the long jump and finished second at the C-USA Championship. Her mark in the triple jump (13.38m-43'10.75") ranks No. 13 nationally and No. 2 in the region.
Prudilova, a former C-USA champion, is making her fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional competition in the javelin. Last season she finished third and advanced to the NCAA National meet. She registered a season-best throw of 47.56m (156'0").
Competition is slated to begin Friday with the opening event beginning at 11 a.m. Slater will compete at 2:15 p.m. in the javelin trails, followed by the finals. May will compete in the long jump with the trials beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the finals. The women's 400 meter preliminaries are set for 5:30, followed by the men's 400 meters at 5:50. Prudilova competes Saturday at 2:45 p.m. in the javelin trails, followed by the finals. May competes in the triple jump trials at 4. The finals of the 400 meters are set for 6:15 and 6:20, respectively.