SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Nicole Brown of the Georgia Southern Track & Field team competed in her first of two events, Wednesday, at the 2007 NCAA Track & Field Championships, coming up inches short of qualifying for Thursday’s Long Jump finals at the Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
The Lawrenceville, Ga. native competed in the Long Jump preliminary round, coming up short of qualifying for the next day’s final competition by less than eight inches. Brown hit her longest mark on her first attempt at 6.01m (19’-8.75”). Her second and third jumps were slightly shorter at 5.79m, each. Her jump was 22nd best on the day with the only the top 12 jumpers advancing to the next day’s final.
Brown’s strongest event, the Triple Jump, is slated for Friday, June 8 with the preliminary round beginning at 6:15 p.m. (ET), and will continue with the finals on Saturday, June 9.
Fans can follow the live action of Friday’s events on CSTV, which will air 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (ET). Saturday’s events can be seen live on CBS beginning at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (ET).
Brown, the school’s first female track & field athlete to advance to the NCAA Championships, won the East Regional Triple Jump competition (May 26) in Gainesville, Fla. with a mark of 43’6.0”, setting a school record in the process. She surpassed her own standard (43’-3.75”) set in 2005.
She also received an at-large bid to the national competition with a qualifying mark in the Long Jump (20’-5”). Brown’s best long jump mark this season qualified her for her second event at Nationals.
Brown, Kerzie honored by ESPN magazine
Seniors Nicole Brown and Jessica Kerzie of the Georgia Southern Track & Field team were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women’s track & field/cross country second team, it was announced today. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or his/her career.