Ahoure Captures East Regional Championship in 100-Meter Dash
Posted: May 31, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
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A day after setting a new school record in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA East Regional Track and Field Championships, sophomore Murielle Ahoure recorded another milestone by becoming the first Patriot to capture the title in the five-year history of the meet with a first-place finish in the 100-meter dash.
With the win on Saturday, Ahoure advances to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif. She also advanced to the national championships in the 200-meter dash.
In the 100-meter dash finals, Ahoure pulled away from Florida’s Lakecia Ealey at the end of the race to capture the title, crossing the finish line in 11.42 seconds. Ealey finished second with a time of 11.49 seconds.
Virginia Tech’s Patrice Potts (11.63), Charlotte’s Shareese Woods (11.66) and Virginia Tech’s Britni Spruill (11.71) rounded out the top five. The top five finishers in each individual event automatically qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
“I just feel so blessed right now,” Ahoure said. “I trained really hard in the last few weeks, getting ready for a chance at the title. I’m so excited to see all that hard work pay off.”
The regional title was a perfect way to cap off an amazing weekend for Ahoure. The sophomore finished fourth in the finals of the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.34 seconds, her fastest of the season in the event.
In the preliminary heats of the 100-meter dash on Friday, Ahoure got out of the blocks quickly and blew away the rest of the competition in the third heat, crossing the finish line in 11.28 seconds and breaking the old Mason school record of 11.39 seconds set by Cydonie Mothersill in 1999.
Also competing on the second day of action was sophomore Ryann Hendricks in the triple jump. The initial athlete to jump in the first of four flights, each featuring 10 competitors, Hendricks registered a mark of 11.68 meters (38 ft. 4 in.) to finish 34th overall.
In the team scoring, Virginia Tech won the women’s title with 89 points. Mason finished 14th on the women’s side with 15 team points. Florida State took home the men’s title with 91 points. Complete results from the meet can be found at www.gatorzone.com.