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Rockets set to compete in NCAA prelim

Kaverman

Kaverman

Amanda Kaverman and Kiah Douglas will represent Toledo’s track and field team at the NCAA Championship Preliminary Round, hosted by North Carolina A&T State in Greensboro Thursday through Saturday, May 27-29.

Kaverman qualified with her time of 11.57 in the 100-meter dash at Michigan’s Len Paddock Invitational. That time has her seeded 26th in the east region, with the top 48 in each event qualifying.

At the recent MAC Championships, Kaverman placed second in the 100 with a time of 11.84, and she won the 100 at the Ohio Team Challenge with a time of 12.01. The Sylvania, Ohio, native was also the MAC champion in the 200 at both the indoor and outdoor competitions.

After a late scratch in the long jump entries, Douglas was selected to participate at the NCAA Preliminary Round.

“I’m very excited that Kiah has the chance to participate,” Head Coach Kevin Hadsell, said. “It’s a great opportunity for her and a good reward for a successful season.”

Douglas

Douglas

Douglas sat 49th on the list of declared athletes for the long jump; the scratch allowed her to elevate into the 48th position and become an automatic selection.

She ranked 54th in the region in the long jump with her mark of 19-08.00, which she achieved at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge. Douglas was a three-time winner this spring in the long jump and took third at the MAC Championships.

The Rockets had several other athletes narrowly miss qualifying for the regional round. Michelle Sutherland, the runner-up in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor MAC Championships, was tied for 50th in the region with her height of 5-08.00.

Dagna Sztykiel’s time of 10:43.48 in the steeplechase, which she hit during her runner-up performance at the MAC Championships, was 54th in the region. Alexandra Afloari was 55th in the region with her triple jump of 40-06.00, which she reached at the Penn Relays.

Kaverman and Douglas will be two of approximately 2,500 student-athletes from more than 200 colleges and universities located east of the Mississippi River at the meet, with a similar preliminary round hosted at the University of Texas.

The NCAA Finals will take place June 9-12 at the University of Oregon.