Teams: Women's Track & Field: Press
Monday, May 24, 2010
FOUR JUMBOS QUALIFY FOR NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
|Senior Kanku Kabongo will compete at the
NCAA meet for the first time
MEDFORD -- Four members of the Tufts University women's track &
field team will crown the 2009-10 year by competing in the NCAA
Division III Outdoor Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College
in Berea, Ohio Thursday through Saturday.
Two of the NCAA travelers for the Jumbos have experience at the
national meet, and two are newcomers. Sophomores Nakeisha Jones
(Boston, MA) and Dayorsha Collins (Boston, MA) have both
been to NCAA's before. Junior Kanku Kabongo (Abington, MA)
and first year Kelly Allen (Norton, MA) are both making their
first appearance at Nationals. All of the Tufts action will occur on
Saturday (May 29). The high jump, featuring Collins, begins at 11:30
am. Allen will be in the discus throw, for which trials followed by
finals start at noon. The triple jump competition, featuring Jones
and Kabongo, starts at 2:30 pm.
Jones, who has three NCAA top-five finishes in the triple jump, is
the #8 seed in the 2010 NCAA Outdoor's event with a 39'1 1/4"
(11.92m) season's best from the NESCAC Championships on April 24.
She was third at NCAA Outdoors last season, and has been second
Indoors this past winter and fourth Indoors in 2009. Kabongo is the
15th seed this week, with her qualifying 38'3 1/4" (11.66m) coming
at the ECAC Championships on May 13.
Allen is ranked 12th entering the NCAA discus throw with a 146'6"
(44.67m) mark that she finished the season with at MIT's Last Chance
Qualifier this past Friday. That is the school record in the event.
Collins is 12th in the NCAA high jump field on the strength of her
5'6" (1.68m) clearance during the New England Division III
Championships on May 1. She was 11th at the 2009 NCAA Indoors for
NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships website