June 3, 2008
Three more members of the Auburn track and field teams were added to the field for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships when the NCAA released the list of accepted athletes for the meet on Tuesday.
Senior Edis Elkasevic made the cut for the men's discus, while the women's field added junior Raevan Harris in the high jump and freshman Hollie Knight in the 5000 meters. The Tigers will have a group of 14 student-athletes (eight men, six women) competing at the NCAA Championships, after 11 had previously earned automatic spots in the field during the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships May 30-31.
Elkasevic missed earning an automatic qualifying spot at the Mideast Championships by one centimeter, tying for fifth but losing the tiebreaker for the final qualifying spot by virtue of a shorter second-best throw. His standing on the descending order list earned him the final at-large spot in the field, however.
Harris' spot in the field was more certain, as the SEC Champion in the high jump owns the seventh-best mark in the field. Therefore, her eighth-place finish at the regional meet simply meant she had to wait three extra days to be officially added to the list of competitors.
Knight also missed an automatic qualifying spot by one place, finishing sixth in the 5000m at the regional meet. She was the second at-large qualifier added to the field, and her season-best mark of 16:24.92 ranks her 16th out of 27 runners entered for the 5000m.
The NCAA Championships will take place June 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University.
Auburn's NCAA Championships Qualifiers
Ty Akins (110m hurdles)
Zach Clayton (discus)
Jacob Dunkleberger (hammer throw)
Edis Elkasevic (discus)
Cory Martin (shot put, hammer throw)
Reuben McCoy (400m hurdles)
Felix Kiboiywo (5000m)
Eric Werskey (shot put)