Five Owls Earn NCAA National Track & Field Berths

May 29, 2007

Houston -

Five Rice athletes earned spots in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships field, announced Tuesday by the NCAA committee. Three women, led by regional long jump champion Funmi Jimoh, and two men qualified for the championship meet, scheduled for June 6-9 at Sacramento, Calif. Luke Stadel earned an automatic berth for the men in the shot put after a fourth-place finish at the regional meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jimoh has a best of 6.62 meters/21-8.75 this year, the third-best mark in the NCAA rankings, while Stadel, the Conference USA champion, has a shot put best of 18.04m/59-2.25.

Luke Stadel

At-large bids went to Marissa Daniels in the 10,000 meters, Shakera Reece in the 100 and 200, and Pablo Solares in the 1500.

Daniels clocked 34:07.04 at the Mt. SAC relays in Walnut, Calif., April 13 to earn a spot in the longest track race for the second straight season. The Pearland junior, who won the C-USA 10k title this year, also qualified for nationals as a freshman in the 5000.

Reece, a freshman from Barbados, was 12th in the 100 at the regional meet, and was added to the field based on her 11.34 at the CARIFTA Under-20 championships in the Turks & Caicos earlier this spring. It is the 12th-fastest time of the year by a collegian. She also notched a spot in the 200 with her 23.50 from that meet.

Solares, the C-USA champion at 800 and 1500, was seventh in the 1500 at the regional meet in 3:42.91, and his year's best of 3:40.34 was tied for second on the rankings list to assure him of a spot in the nationals for the second straight season. He was fifth in the NCAA indoor mile in March.





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