Tigerbelle Guice makes cut, qualifies for NCAA East Regionals
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University Tigerbelle, Martinique Guice, extended her outdoor season qualifying in the long jump for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Rounds (Regionals) Track and Field Championship.

The three-day meet will be held May 27-29, in Greensboro, N.C. at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T. The women's javelin throw will kick-off the event at 10 a.m. with the first round of the 400 hurdles scheduled to spark the track events at 3:30 p.m.

Guice's best mark of the season, 19' 8.25" (6.00m), was good enough to make the field in the long jump in which 48 athletes qualified in each event. She registered the jump during the 2010 OVC Outdoor Championship becoming a five-time first-place medal winner and four-time champion in the event.

The feat includes three outdoor and two indoor crowns. During her freshman year, she won the 100m dash before winning back-to-back titles in the long jump.  

Last week at the Georgia Tech Invitational (5/14-15) in Atlanta, Ga., she could not surpass her best performance this season recording a jump of 18" 6.0' (5.64m). She 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.

Guice entered the meet ranked 41st but after the SEC Outdoor Championship, she slipped to the 47th spot edging the cut-off ranking.

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. Her 2009 outdoor-season undefeated streak came to an end finishing 21st out of a group of 32. She posted her best jump of the day at19'04.75"

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.