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Women's Track & Field Qualifies Eight for the NCAA East Regional

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/21/2015
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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/21/15) - Eight members of the Princeton women's track & field team will participate in the 2015 NCAA East Regional it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday, May 21. The East Regional will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on the campus of the University of North Florida on May 28-30.

The reigning national hammer throw champion, junior Julia Ratcliffe, looks to make her return to championship weekend. She has the second-best mark in the East at 68.53 and will compete on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Those with the top 12 longest throws will advance to Eugene.

Sophomore Megan Curham is no stranger to regionals. She will run in the 10k for the second straight season. She was an All-America in the event last June, finishing 11th in Oregon. The semifinal will be the final event on Thursday night at 9 p.m. The top five in heat of two heats and the next two fastest times will make that final.

Senior Jasmine Blocker makes her NCAA debut in the 400. She qualified with a PR of 53.60 run at Heps just a couple of weeks ago. The first round will be held on Thursday at 7:20 p.m. The top three from each of the six heats plus the next six fastest times advance to the quarterfinals on Friday.

Both junior Ceclia Barowski and senior Kim Mackay qualified in 800. They ran their fastest times in the Heps final, at 2:06.88 and 2:06.89, respectively. Each has been here before as Barowski qualified in 2013 and Mackay last May. The first round will be held on Thursday at 8:10 p.m., with the top three from each of six heats, plus the next six fastest times advance to Friday's quarterfinal.

Two Tigers will take on the steeplechase. Sophomore Lizzie Bird, who has the sixth fastest time in the East at 9:58.33, qualifies for the second consecutive season. Senior Emily de La Bruyere makes her regional debut with a 10:17.64. The quarterfinal of the steeple will be the final events on Friday night at 8:50 p.m. The top three from each of three heats, plus the next fastest three times will make up the 12 that will advance to the championhip in Eugene.

Another regional debut will be had by junior Kathryn Fluehr. She has a season best time of 16:23.06 in the 5k and will race in the semifinal on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. The top five from each of two heats plus the next two fastest times will make up the 12 that will head to championship weekend in Eugene.

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