Blue Raiders to compete in Last Chance Meet

Athletes travel to Ames, Iowa for Last Chance Meet

March 5, 2009 · Christian Lemon

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - This weekend, five of Middle Tennessee's top track athletes will travel to Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Last Chance Meet.

Carl Morgan, Roscoe Payne, Festus Chemaoi, Curtis King and William Songock will all compete in order to meet the qualifying standards for next weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

Morgan currently has two earned two NCAA provisional marks this season in the long and triple jumps, giving him the opportunity to participate in College Station. Both marks were earned at the MT Christmas Invitational on December 6. His jumps of 24-11.00 in the long jump and 51-02.5 in the triple jump are the 26th and 28th longest in the country this season, respectively. He will need a strong performance this weekend in order to qualify.

Payne, Chemaoi, King and Songock have not earned provisional marks to this point and will have one last opportunity on Saturday. Payne will run in the 60 meter hurdles, Chemaoi in the 800 meters, King in the 60 and 200 meter dashs and Songock in the 3000 meters.

Stanley Gbagbeke and DeRay Sloss will not be competing do to injury. Both athletes have earned NCAA provisional marks this season.

Junior Sarah Nambawa will not be competing as well to rest for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Nambawa has already earned her place in the national meet with automatic qualifying marks in the long and triple jumps.

NCAA rules allow 16 entries per event at the Indoor Championships. Only those athletes with automatic qualifying marks are guaranteed entry. After all automatic qualifying spots are filled, the best of the rest are taken. However, if an athlete has automatic qualifiers in two or more events, an extra spots are made available for other athletes.

Final results and coverage will be available on goblueraiders.com.

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