Hughes Earns NCAA Indoor Championships Berth for Triple Jump
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Hughes Earns NCAA Indoor Championships Berth for Triple Jump


NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State women’s track and field All-American Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump thanks to her performance in the regular season. Hughes will compete against the top 16 triple jumpers from around the nation at the NCAA Championships on March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.

Hughes, who has won OVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and OVC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the past two seasons, will be seeded eighth in the field with a qualifying distance of 13.44m (44’1.25”). Her mark came on Jan. 8 at the Ed Temple Classic at the Gentry Center.

At last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships, Hughes helped the Tigerbelles tie for 21st in the nation by earning fourth place in the triple jump. The fourth-place finish was the highest for a TSU women’s track and field student-athlete at the Division I NCAA Championships. For her efforts she earned USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors.

ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 10 starting at 5:25 p.m. CT and March 11 starting at 3:55 p.m. CT. A re-air of the championship will take place on Sunday, March 12 starting at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.