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

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/22/2014
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Junior Kim Mackay makes her NCAA debut in the 800.
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East Regional Declared List

PRINCETON, N.J. (5/22/14) - Six members of the Princeton women's track & field team will participate in the 2014 NCAA East Regional it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday, May 22. The East Regional will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on the campus of the University of North Florida on May 29-31.

Junior Kim Mackay makes her NCAA debut in the 800. She qualified with a PR of 2:07.63. The first round will be held on Thursday at 8:35 p.m. The top three from each of six heat plus the next six fastest times advance to the quarterfinals on Friday.

Freshman Lizzie Bird will race in the steeplechase. She owns the 15th best time in the East at 10:16.47. The quarterfinal will be held on Friday at 9:30 p.m, the final event of the day. The top three from each of three heats plus the next three fastest times will make up the 12 that advance to the championship in Eugene.

Another freshman running in the Regional is cross country All-America Megan Curham. Curham qualified in the 10k after posting a school-record time of 33:32.45 at Heps. That time is the 10th best in the Region. The semifinal is slated for 9:40 p.m., Thursday, one single race. The top 12 advance to the final in Eugene.

Sophomore Meghan McMullin qualifies for her first career Regional. A 400 hurdler, McMullin clocked a 59.52 at the Princeton Quad meet in April. Her event is the first women's track event of the weekend, taking place Thursday at 5 p.m. The top three from each of six heat plus the next six fastest times advance to the quarterfinals on Friday.

Sophomore Julia Ratcliffe owns the best mark in the East in the hammer throw. Her throw of 70.28 from the Larry Ellis Invitational set a New Zealand national record, Ivy League record and Princeton record. Ratcliffe earned second-team All-America honors in the event last year, placing 11th overall. The hammer throw is scheduled for noon on Thursday. The top 12 move on to Eugene.

Senior Imani Oliver is makes her third appearance in the Regionals. An honorable mention All-America she reached the championship round a year ago, finishing 18th. However it is this season that she jumped a personal best and school record 12.91 (42-4.25). The preliminary round is Saturday at 5 p.m., with the top 12 advancing to the championship.



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