Dudley earns All-America honors at NCAA Championships

First MT high jump All-American

March 9, 2012 · Athletic Communications

NAMPA, Idaho. -- Middle Tennessee junior Ann Dudley earned All-America honors in the women’s high jump competition Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.

Dudley cleared the bar at 5 feet, 11.25 inches (1.81 meters) before failing to leap at the mark of 6-0.25 (1.84). She placed sixth overall in the competition. With the finish, Dudley became the eighth Blue Raider female to earn NCAA Indoor All-America honors and the first in the high jump event.

"This is simply a remarkable accomplishment for Ann," said Middle Tennessee head coach Dean Hayes. "I am incredibly proud of her performance tonight."

Meanwhile sprinter Roscoe Payne placed 15th in the preliminaries of the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Unfortunately for the senior, the time did not advance him to Saturday’s finals, ending his illustrious indoor senior season and career.

On Saturday, Middle Tennessee jumpers Cordairo Golden and France Makabu will compete in the men’s and women’s triple jump events. The preliminaries and finals of the men’s event will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT with the women scheduled to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to visit the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship page on NCAA.com. The page can be found here. The complete list of competitors in this weekend’s meet can be viewed here. while the schedule of events can be accessed here.

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