Quartet of Retrievers Head to NCAA Prelims in Kentucky

Quartet of Retrievers Head to NCAA Prelims in Kentucky

Championship Central

Baltimore, Md.—Four Retrievers will head to the NCAA Preliminaries with a shot to go to the national meet this weekend in Lexington, Ky. Thomas Johnson, Abigale Slonski and Alexios Prodanas will compete in field events, while Jamal Cody will take to the track.

NCAA East Preliminary Info:

What: 2017 NCAA East Preliminaries

Where: UK Outdoor Track and Field Complex – Lexington, Ky.

When: Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27

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Last Time Out (ECAC/IC4A Championships):

The women saw Sophia Cologer lead the way with a sixth place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase. Cologer crossed the line in a time of 10:34.31. Katelyn Callaghan also competed on Friday, taking 13th in the 10,000m run with a time of 36:24.91.  

Matthew Kane and Austin Hayslett competed on the track for the men, with Kane finishing 21st in the 5,000m run (14:50.54) and Hayslett taking 21st in the 10,000m run (31:52.17). 

No Retriever competed on day two due to rain shortening the meet. 

The Retriever women finished 24th while the men finished 19th after day three. Thomas Johnson broke the school record in the triple jump on the day, most likely earning him a spot in the NCAA Prelims later this month. 

Johnson finished in third in the triple jump with a jump of 15.57m (51'1"), breaking the school record. The mark broke a seven year record held by Victor Gilreath who set the mark of 15.45m (50'8.25") back in 2010. 

Jamal Cody and Erick Soetje went five-nine in the 400m dash with times of 48.38 and 48.75 respectively. Brian Nelson finished in the top twenty in a pair of events, taking 11th in the 100m dash (10.81) and 15th in the 200m dash (21.94). 

Other Retriever individual finishers included Urgy Eado in the 800m run (ninth, 1:51.56), Miles Smith in the 800m run (23rd, 1:53.13), and Marcus Foster in the 400m hurdles (15th, 54.77).

A pair of relays has top ten finishes on Sunday. The 4x400m relay team of Cody, Darrius Oxley, Foster and Soetje finished fifth in a time of 3:14.44. The 4x100m squad of Afees AbolurinJames Oakley III, Nelson and Noel Njem took ninth in a time of 42.06. 

The women saw Abigale Slonski take bronze in the javelin with a toss of 43.40m (142'5"). 

Funmi Darmola, Yinka Alabi, and Amani Wallace had top twenty finishes in individual races. Daramola took tenth in the 200m dash in a time of 24.89, while Wallace took 15th in the same event (25.31) and Alabi placed 19th in the 100m hurdles (14.64). 

Daramola and Wallace teamed up with Erin Patrice and Kara Patrice to take sixth in the 4x100m relay with a time of 46.69. Kaya Knake, Bridgett Redding, Elise Allen, and Briana Roberts closed the meet with a 12th place finish in the 4x800m relay with a time of 9:14.86.