Posted by Chris Megginson - Thu, May. 24, 2012 - [Outdoor Track & Field]
MARION, Ind. - Campbellsville University junior Tiosha Beasley leapt her third-best long jump of her collegiate career Thursday at 5.77 meters in the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. However, the leap was short of the 19-foot barrier at 18 feet, 11.25 inches, an inch and a half shy of All-America status.
The junior from Bowling Green, Ky., was the first women's track and field athlete in the NAIA this season to leap 19 feet with a career-high mark of 6.07 meters on April 14. Ten others reached 19 feet Thursday, led by Wayland Baptist senior Bianca Grany, who topped out at 20 feet, 5.25 inches to win the championship and sweep both the indoor and outdoor long jump titles this season.
Beasley, who was the last Campbellsville student-athlete to compete Thursday, will compete again Friday at 5:30 p.m. EDT in the NAIA triple jump finals.
Also competing Friday will be junior Nathelie Zetrenne of Louisville, who will run in the women's 100-meter hurdles at 1:20 p.m. EDT. Zetrenne's preliminary trial time Thursday did not get posted as official due to a mass timing error with the event. The 100-meter hurdle finals will be ran at 4:25 p.m. EDT.
The third Lady Tiger competing in the national championships, Tiana Benjamin, finished 25th of 27 in the women's javelin competition with a throw of 30.44 meters.
On the men's side, PJ Randles of Radcliff, Ky., was 26th of 31 in the 100-meter hurdles preliminary trials with a time of 15.05 seconds. The Top 18 in the trials advanced to Friday's semifinals.