Walls and Gray Set for NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 8, 2010
Arlington, Texas - As senior Jasmine Walls and junior Cordero Gray head to Eugene, OR for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships beginning Wednesday, June 9 at Hayward Field, the two sprinters will be in search of earning All-American honors for the second time in their careers.
The All-American sprinters are two of 19 Southland Conference athletes to compete at this weekend's meet. Walls is the only female sprinter to represent the SLC while Gray is one of four male sprinters.
Last week, both sprinters had a chance to relax and fine tune their mechanics before heading off to a grueling week of competition.
"Both are at their peak of condition and are extremely healthy," said Head Coach John Sauerhage. "I think their best performances are in front of us and hopefully we can get it out of them this weekend."
At the NCAA West Preliminaries held in Austin, Texas, Gray qualified in both the 100m and 200m. In the 100m, the junior sprinter clocked in a time of 10.42 and followed that performance with a qualifying mark of 20.73 in the 200m. That time was the 10th fastest and tied his personal best that he earned at the Southland Conference Championships.
"In order for Cordero to be named an All-American he is going to have to run a caliber performance and he is very capable of that. I think this weekend you'll see the type of effort we all saw at the conference championships where he ran a 10.16 in the 100m and a 20.70 in the 200m. That's the kind of explosive performance he needs to have in order to advance to the finals, said Sauerhage."
Walls will be making her third appearance at the NCAA Championships after qualifying in the 200m with a time of 23.60 which was the ninth fastest time. The senior earned All-American honors last season after running a career best 23.33 in the semifinals of the 200m.
Walls dominated the Southland Conference all year, earning SLC Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Outdoor Track performer.
"I think Jasmine can run her fastest time and I'm hoping that she can break 23 and run 22.99. I know that's her goal. We are looking for another school record performance out of her and she is going to need it if she is going to make the finals," added Sauerhage.
Running events begin Wednesday and run until Saturday. In order for Walls and Gray to be named All-Americans they must have one of the top nine fastest times in each of their events.
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Walls and Gray Competition Schedule
Wednesday, June 9
Thursday, June 10
Friday, June 11
Saturday, June 12