-- Hardin-Simmons' track and field
athletes Kami Bellah and Derek Footer have qualified for the NCAA Championships
this weekend in La Crosse, Wis.
Bellah, a senior from
Merkel who has just missed the field each of the last two years, qualified for
the NCAAs in two events - the triple jump and the long jump. She is the school
record holder in the triple jump with a 38-6 (11.74 meters). She is tied for
12th best mark in the nation this season.
In the long jump, she
hit a season-best 18-11 at the Tarleton Meet. She has the ninth-best mark in
Footer, a sophomore
from Abilene Cooper, is making a repeat trip to the NCAAs in the 110-meter
hurdles. He qualified for the finals as a freshman and finished ninth. He has
battled a hamstring injury from spring football most of the season and has just
started to round back into top shape.
He won the ASC double
in the 110 and 400 hurdles. He then qualified for the NCAAs in his last attempt
with a season-best 14.60 at the Oliver Jackson Twilight at ACU on May 8. He goes
into the meet with the 11th-best time.
Footer becomes the
first Cowboy to make two trips to the NCAA meet.
The meet will be held
May 23-25 at Roger Harring Stadium on the campus of the University of
Wisconsin-La Crosse. The women's long jump is slated for 3 p.m. on Thursday and
the women's triple jump is at 3:20 Saturday. The men's 110 hurdles prelims are
at 5:25 Friday and the finals are at 3:25 Saturday.