Lee tracksters improve qualifying times

By LEE ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
Posted 5/13/19

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — On the final day of that qualifying marks could be made, the Lee University track & field teams sent a handful of athletes to the Mount Olive Final Qualifier in hopes to …

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Lee tracksters improve qualifying times

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. — On the final day of that qualifying marks could be made, the Lee University track & field teams sent a handful of athletes to the Mount Olive Final Qualifier in hopes to qualify and/or improve their qualifying position.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Justin Brooks, Jeremiah McCain, Siphosethu Boya and Josiah Brooks set a Lee record time of 3:08.42. The previous top time of 3:11.65 was set at the Gulf South Conference Championships on May 4. Not only did they surpass the Lee record time, the foursome also met the NCAA Division II automatic qualification mark of 3:09.18.

Josiah Brooks improved his standing in the 200-meter dash with a season-best time of 21.02 seconds. His time places him at No. 23. Justin Brooks completed the 200 in 21.20.

The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of Kristen Blevins, Kiley Brock, Amber Littlejohn and Kayla Williams were third with a time of 46.28. They knocked 0.21 seconds off their Lee record and improved their qualifying mark to 36th in DII.

Littlejohn was fifth in the 400-meter dash where she posted a Lee record time of 55.16. The junior lowered her time from the GSC Championships by 0.09 seconds and moved to No. 23 among qualifiers in the event.

Williams finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.94 after advancing out of the preliminaries with the eighth-best time of 11.90. Blevins completed the preliminary round at 12.08.

Blevins was eighth (24.87) in the 200-meter dash. Williams placed 10th (25.12) and Brock crossed the finish line at 25.29 (11th).

Josiah Brooks finished 18th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.78 and was third with a triple jump of 14.63 meters. Boya was second (47.62) in the 400-meter dash. Thomas Kelton completed the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:34.01.

On Monday, the final declarations for each event will be posted online at www.ncaa.org by 3 p.m. EDT and will be allowed to be reviewed by coaches until 6 p.m. Championships fields will be posted online by 6 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

The minimum field sizes are 20 for individual events, 16 for combined events and 14 for relays, while the maximum field sizes are 24 for individual events, 16 for combined events and 18 for relays. If each event has been filled to its desired minimum field size and the number of student-athletes has not exceeded 377, the committee will compare the strength of all events and will add participants based on event strength until the maximum number of student-athletes (377 per gender) or maximum field size has been reached.

Among the Lee athletes to reach provisional marks, Christian Noble holds the highest position. He is No. 6 in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 8:55.03. Kelton’s time from the Georgia Tech Invitational (9:06.48) is 27th-best.

Justin Brooks is ninth in the 400-meter dash and 13th in the 200-meter dash after hitting 46.78 and 20.88, respectively, at the GSC Championships. Josiah Brooks’ triple jump of 15.09 meters at the GSC Championships puts him at No. 17.

Williams is No. 25 in the 100-meter dash with her GSC Championships mark of 11.77. Chloe Flora is 20th (16:49.73) in the 5000-meter run and is No. 22 (4:29.28) in the 1500-meter run. Charlee Boxall is No. 21 (4:29.18) in the 1500.

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