Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University Tigerbelle, Martinique Guice, will look to strengthen her chances of qualifying for the NCAA East Regional Track and Field Championship when she competes in the Georgia Tech Invitational.
The meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, at the George C. Griffin Track on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.
Guice will look to improve her best mark on the season, 19' 8.25" (6.00m), in the long jump. She defended her title posting the jump in her last outing to win the event at the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Championship.
She recorded her fifth OVC title, her fourth in the event, now holding three outdoor and two indoor titles. Her feat consists of four long jump crowns and a 100m victory her freshman year.
Guice is currently ranked 41st in the East region in the long jump with the top 48 in each event qualifying automatically for the regional meet later this month.
The NCAA has selected sites for its new two-region format this spring, and is now called "the preliminary rounds."
Last season, Guice qualified for the Mideast Region Championship with the rules in place that winners in their events at conference 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 in the national championships.
The 2010 finals are June 9-12 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene.