CARROLLTON, Ga. -  Halfway through the season, the Wolves are in full stride with two goals in mind, the Gulf South Conference Championship and qualifying for NCAA DII Nationals. Three of our athletes are within reach of hitting NCAA DII National provisional marks and times.

 

Senior, Amina Saunders shifted gears this weekend in Atlanta with three season bests. Running a 14.24 in the 100m hurdles, Saunders is a mere .02 seconds away from the 14.22 provisional time for Nationals. The hurdler also found herself within a second of the 400m hurdle provisional time as she ran a 1:02.92. Aside from the hurdles, Saunders is also within a second of a provisional time of the 200m dash with a time of 25.24.

 

Merica Valdez, a junior pole vaulter, is another Wolf approaching a National provisional mark. At the Emory Classic last weekend, Valdez vaulted a personal best of 3.60m. The DII National provisional mark for pole vault sits at 3.65m.

 

Junior, Nadia Davila has found success in Atlanta in the past two weeks with multiple new personal bests and approaching a National provisional mark. At the Emory Invitational and again at the Emory Classic, Davila jumped a personal best of 1.60m in the high jump, just .07m away from a provisional mark. Also at the Emory Classic, Davila set three other personal best in the 200m dash in 26.28, the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.50 and the javelin with a throw of 18.10m.

 

The provisional mark does not guarantee a spot in the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships. The NCAA will determine how many athletes are invited, then match that with the number of athletes who reached the regular qualifying mark in a particular discipline. If more are needed to compete, those who have hit the provisional mark are next in line, but without hitting that mark, the season is complete.

 

The Wolves have five scheduled meets left in the season including the Gulf South Conference Championship the weekend of May 2nd-4th. The NCAA DII National Championship will be the weekend of May 23rd-25th for the athletes who qualify.

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