For immediate release:
Cal State L.A.Âs Keara Norton
Earns All-America Honors on
Day One of NCAA Indoor
Track and Field Championships
Terica Ned Advances to SaturdayÂs finals
in the 60 meter dash and 200 meter dash
LOS ANGELES Â Cal State L.A. junior Keara Norton (Lakewood, CA/Lakewood HS) took seventh place in the womenÂs long jump to earn her first career All-America honor as the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston. The Championships are being hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Norton posted a career-best jump of 19Â 1 1/4Â, more than five inches better than her previous season best of 18Â 8Â and also well above her previous career-high of 18Â 9 3/4Âfrom last yearÂs CCAA Conference Championships. Nebraska-Omaha junior Folouso Makinde won todayÂs event at 20Â 1/2Â.
Also on Friday, Golden Eagle junior Terica Ned (Hemet, CA/Rancho Verde HS) advanced to the finals of both the 60 meter dash and 200 meter dash.
Ned finished fifth in FridayÂs 60 meter prelims with a time of 7.63 seconds, just 0.06 seconds behind the top prelim time posted by Texas A&M KingsvilleÂs Lashawndra Ratcliff. She also took fifth in the prelims of the 200 meter dash in a time of 24.54 seconds. AshlandÂs Shami Vanhook posted the top 200 meter prelim time at 24.19.
Here is SaturdayÂs schedule of events for Cal State L.A. at the Championships:
WomenÂs 60 meter dash (Ned): Finals Â Sat., March 12, 12:40 p.m. PST
WomenÂs 200 meter dash (Ned): Finals Â Sat., March 12, 1:28 p.m. PST
Among NCAA Division II schools, Cal State L.A. ranks third in the country -- and tops on the west coast -- with 14 NCAA womenÂs indoor individual national titles, trailing only Abilene Christian and St. AugustineÂs in that category.
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