Guice clings to NCAA regional qualifying mark after Georgia Tech Invitational
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Atlanta, Ga. - With hopes of bracing her chances to remain a qualifier for the 2010 NCAA Track and Field East Regional Championship, Tennessee State University Tigerbelle Martinique Guice could not surpass her best mark this season in the long jump at the Georgia Tech Invitational (5/14-15).

The five-time Ohio Valley Conference champion and four-time conference winner in the long jump in indoor and outdoor competitions recorded a jump of 18" 6.0'  (5.64m).

Guice finished 22nd overall in a pool of 35 after registering a jump of 5.63m and a foul on her second attempt. The event featured some of this year's best jumpers from the SEC, ACC and Big East conferences.

With the top 48 athletes in each event eligible to compete in the regional championships, Guice entered the meet ranked 41st.

With more than ten meets held around the country this past weekend, Guice's season mark of 19' 8.25" (6.00m) during the 2010 OVC Outdoor Championship is currently listed in a four-way tie for the 44th spot in the region. She will not compete before the regional championship scheduled for May 27-29.

The NCAA has selected sites for its new two-region format and is now called "the preliminary rounds."

Last season, Guice qualified for the Mideast Region Championship hosted by the University of Louisville with the rules in place with winners in the events at their respective conference championships would automatically advance.

However, the four-region system that whittled down the final entry list is now a two-region (East and West) format and will only take the top 48 in each event. The preliminary rounds will be held at Greensboro, N.C. (North Carolina A&T) for the East, and Austin, Texas (Texas) for the West.

Both will be three-day meets on May 27-29, 2010 with the top 24 from each region advancing to the 2010 NCAA Track and Field Championship. Athletes that have made the automatic qualifying mark are still able to compete at the national championships.

The 2010 finals are June 9-12 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene.