Kellman, Ahoure, Phillips Headed to NCAA Track and Field National Championships

Posted: May 31, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Murielle Ahoure
Murielle Ahoure
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Senior Marc Kellman advanced to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA East Regional Championships at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.

Yesterday, freshman Murielle Ahoure and senior Richard Phillips were both selected as at-large participants into the meet.

The National Championships are scheduled for June 7–10 at A.G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.

After rolling his left ankle while approaching the sand pit on his second attempt on Saturday, Kellman fought through the pain to post his best jump of the day on his final attempt, posting a mark of 15.85 meters, or 52 feet, to move past Clemson University junior Jason Bell (15.80 meters/51 feet, 10 inches) into fifth place to earn the automatic qualifier to the National Championships.

In the 110-meter hurdles finals, Phillips came out of the blocks fast but knocked over the final hurdle, finishing in sixth place with a time of 13.79 seconds.

Phillips will run in the 110-meter hurdles at the championships. He ranks 15th in the nation with a time of 13.71 seconds, and is Mason’s top performer of all-time in the event with a personal record of 13.48 seconds.

Phillips, a 2004 Olympian, will make his third appearance at the Division I Outdoor National Championships after sitting out last season with an injury.

In the 100-meter dash, Ahoure finished in eighth place in the finals, finishing the race in 11.46 seconds.

She was ranked 33rd in the country heading into the meet but improved her time to 11.42 seconds in the preliminary heats. Ahoure will compete in two events – the 100- and 200-meter dash – at the National Championships.

Ahoure’s personal record of 11.42 seconds ranks 23rd in the nation heading into the National Championships. In the 200-meter dash, Ahoure ran her second-fastest time of the season in the finals at the Regional Championships, finishing in 23.45 seconds. Her top time, 23.33 seconds, ranks 20th in the country heading into the National Championships.

Ahoure is one of only three freshman competing at the National Championships in the 100-meter dash, and the lone freshman competing in the 200-meter dash.

Junior Ryan McCoy and senior Quentin Matthews also competed on Saturday. McCoy competed in the triple jump along with Kellman, finishing 15th in the field with a mark of 15.05 meters (49 feet, 4.5 inches). Matthews competed in the high jump but didn’t clear a height.

In team scoring, Mason men finished in a tie for 33rd place with seven points, while the women’s team finished 37th with four points.

Florida State University captured the men’s title with 97 points, while the University of Florida and the University of South Carolina finished second and third. South Carolina won the women’s title with 79.5 points, with the University of Miami and the University of Georgia rounding out the top three.

The qualifying round of the men’s triple jump at the National Championships is scheduled for Friday, June 9, at 3 p.m. The finals are slated for Saturday, June 10, at 12:30 p.m. The National Championships will air live on CSTV from 8 to 10 p.m. eastern time on Friday and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. eastern time on Saturday on CBS.

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