NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUND
Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27
Lexington, Ky. | UK Track
STARTING LINE: Looking to earn a berth to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.), Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) and Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) will head to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky. set for May 25-27. The three Tigerbelles are among the top 48 competitors in their respective events in the East Region.
ATHLETE – EVENT, TIME/MARK (REGIONAL SEED)
- Amber Hughes – 100m Hurdles, 13.12 (#8)
- Amber Hughes – Triple Jump, 13.62m (#4)
- Cyra Beard – High Jump, 1.73m (Tied for #35)
- Crystal Williams – 100m Hurdles, 13.61 (#48)
Friday, May 26
- 100m Hurdles First Round (Amber Hughes and Crystal Williams): 3:30 p.m. CT
- High Jump (Cyra Beard): 3:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, May 27
- Triple Jump (Amber Hughes): 5 p.m. CT
- 100m Hurdles Quarterfinals (Amber Hughes): 6:05 p.m. CT
MOVING ON: The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds will earn a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., which are scheduled for June 7-10. The Preliminary Round is broken up into East (Lexington, Ky.) and West (Austin, Texas) regions.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Amber Hughes set the OVC Outdoor Championship meet record for the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.12 and reached 13.62m (44’8.25”) in the triple jump at the North Florida Invitational in early April. Cyra Beard has consistently cleared 1.73m (5’8”) throughout the outdoor season, accomplishing the feat four times. Crystal Williams earned the final spot in the 100m hurdles thanks to a personal record time of 13.61 at the OVC Outdoor Championship.
2017 OVC HONORS FOR TSU’S ENTRIES
- Indoor: Female Athlete of the OVC Indoor Championship; OVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year; OVC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year; 60m Champion; 60m Hurdles Champion; Long Jump Champion; Triple Jump Champion; 200m Silver Medalist; 4x400m Relay Silver Medalist; USTFCCCA Second Team All-America - Indoor Triple Jump; 11th Place - NCAA Indoor Championships - Triple Jump
- Outdoor: Female Athlete of the OVC Outdoor Championship; OVC Field Athlete of the Year; Long Jump Champion; Triple Jump Champion; 100m Hurdles Champion; 4x400m Relay Champion; 200m Bronze Medalist
- Indoor: High Jump Silver Medalist; Long Jump Bronze Medalist
- Outdoor: High Jump Silver Medalist
- Indoor: 60m Hurdles – 8th place
- Outdoor: 100m Hurdles – 4th place