BY PAUL A REID
Observer West author
Three former Western Champs winners are on their technique to their first NCAA Division One open air observe and subject nationwide championships after qualifying eventually weekend’s regionals that have been held on the College of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, and Texas A&M College (TAMU) in School Station, Texas.
Kemba Nelson, of the College of Oregon, and Lamara Distin, of TAMU, competed on the West Regional, whereas Owayne Owens of the College of Virginia participated on the East Regional.
The highest 12 in every particular person occasion and relay certified for the nationwide championships that can be held on the newly refurbished Hayward Area on the College of Oregon, June 9-12.
Nelson, the previous Mt Alvernia Excessive scholar, certified in two occasions – the ladies’s 100m and the 4x100m relays. Distin, who began at Rusea’s Excessive, certified within the ladies’s excessive leap, whereas Owens the previous Cornwall School athlete, certified within the males’s triple leap.
Nelson, who gained the NCAA indoors 60m title in March and was the runner-up within the Pac-12 championships 100m, had an impressive weekend as she ran a brand new private greatest 10.98 seconds (0.1m/s) within the second spherical on Saturday to put second total.
Within the earlier spherical she ran a wind-aided 10.91 seconds (2.1m/s) and is the fourth greatest Jamaican feminine in that occasion up to now this yr, in addition to the fourth greatest ever on the College of Oregon.
Nelson ran the second leg on the 4x100m relay group that ran 42.94 seconds, second greatest on the regionals, and thru to the nationals.
Distin was tied for first within the excessive leap with a clearance of 1.82m and had a clear sequence, passing on the beginning peak of 1.67m earlier than clearing the subsequent three heights on her first try.
Her efforts within the excessive leap appeared to have had an impact as she may solely handle 12.07m within the triple leap, ending nicely outdoors of the highest 12.
Owens, who was coming off profitable the Atlantic Coast Convention (ACC) males’s triple leap two weeks earlier than, had a nervous second as he had solely jumped 15.87m within the second spherical earlier than he produced a wind-aided 16.03m (2.3m/s) leap within the third and ultimate spherical to safe his eighth-place end.