Twenty-plus SWAC athletes heading to NCAA Prelims


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The Southwestern Athletic Conference will be well represented during the NCAA Division I Championships East and West Preliminary meets on May 26-28.

Texas Southern’s Tevin Kimble (triple jump), Drayton Rolle (long jump) and Travis Sanders (high jump) are heading to Kansas University in Lawrence, Kan. for the West Preliminaries, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Justin Cooper (400m hurdles) will also join them.

On the women’s side, Prairie View’s Deonca Bookman (400m hurdles; No. 47 at 59.57 seconds) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Sireta Roach (No. 28 in shot put at 16.05m) will also compete at KU for a spot at nationals.

In the East Preliminaries, Alabama State’s Terrance Adams (110m hurdles), Jackson State’s Bentrell McGee (100m dash, 200m dash) and Mississippi Valley State’s Shane Martin (110m hurdles) will compete on the campus of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. Grambling’s Jamael McTear (200m, 400m) and David Parker (high jump) will also vie for national qualifying spots.

On the women’s side, Alabama State will send four athletes to UNF: Alexis Ferebee (100m dash, 200m dash), Monica Howard (100m hurdles), Santina Williams (200m dash, 400m dash), Tatiana Etienne (800m run). In addition, Alabama State's women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams will participate in the meet.

Grambling’s Chellane Jones is set to compete in three events: the 100m dash, 200m dash and 4x100m relay. Alongside Jones in the relay event are Takyra Beverly, Creshonda Carter and Ja’lyn Simon.

The top 48 times and results in each respective event – as divided by location – compete in the preliminary meets, with the top 12 finishers advancing to the NCAA Division I National Championship in Eugene, Ore. on June 8-11.

Ferebee has the 19th-best time in the East region for the 100m dash at 11.44 seconds and her 23.46-second time in the 200m dash puts her No. 28. Williams ranks No. 23 (23.34) in the 200m dash and 400m dash (53.17), and Howard’s 13.53-second mark in the 100m hurdles ranks her No. 40. Etienne’s 2:06.25 time in the 800m run places her No. 24.

Sanders’ 2.14m mark in the high jump ranks him in the top 30 regionally in the event, as does Rolle’s 7.53m distance. Kimble’s 15.09m places him No. 42 in the west. McGee’s 10.19-second result in the 100m dash places him No. 5 regionally – and No. 12 nationally. His 20.57-second time in the 200m dash puts him No. 24 nationally.