Dudley ties for sixth at NCAA Championships

Ties personal best in final indoor meet

March 8, 2013 · @MTAthletics

FAYATTEVILLE, Ark. - In her final collegiate indoor meet, Middle Tennessee's Ann Dudley tied for sixth place and earned All-American honors for the second straight year at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Dudley, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla., was MT's lone competitor at the championships, and hit her personal best mark of 1.87 meters (6-1.50 feet) on her first try at the height.

"Ann competed really, really well today," head coach Dean Hayes said.  "I was very proud of her in her last indoor meet, and hope she can carry it over to the outdoor competitions."

Brigetta Barrett of Arizona took first place in the event with a height of 1.95 meters, exactly two inches higher than her nearest competitor.

"This is the toughest NCAA high competition I've ever seen," Hayes said.  "To have that many people in the top eight or so jump that high, is impressive."

Dudley is a three-time Sun Belt Conference Champion, and owns the women's high jump school records.

"This was a great way for her to end her indoor career," Hayes said.  "She's had a great four years for us.  I'm really happy with her."

Middle Tennessee track and field will open up its outdoor season at the Rhodes Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., next Saturday, March 16.

NCAA Women's High Jump Results
1.  Brigetta Barrett (1.95m)
2.  Tynita Butts (1.90m)
2.  Jeannelle Scheper (1.90m)
4.  Maya Pressley (1.87m)
5.  Dior Delophont (J-1.87m)
6.  Ann Dudley (J-1.87m)
6.  Makeba Alcide (J-1.87m)
8.  Krystle Shade (J-1.87m)
9.  Shanay Briscoe (1.84m)
10.  Michelle Kinsella (1.81m)
11.  Amber Melville (J-1.81m)
12.  Saniel Atkinson Grier (1.78m)
13.  Taylor Burke (J-1.78m)
14.  J'Lynn Ledesma (J-1.78m)
15.  Brionne Williams (J-1.78m)
16.  Allison Barwise (1.73m)

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