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Four to compete at NCAA Indoor T&F Championships

Eliud Rutto ranks second in the 800-meter

March 12, 2014 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Eliud Rutto, Emmanuel Tugumisirize, Cordairo Golden and India Hammond are all scheduled to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Rutto and Tugumisirize rank second (1:47.45) and 11th (46.05) in the NCAA in the 800-meter and 400-meter, respectively. The tandem will run in the preliminary races Friday, which features two heats of eight runners with the top eight advancing to the finals Saturday. Rutto won the 800-meter (1:51.00) and placed third in the mile (4:07.93) at the Conference USA Championships March 1, while Tugumisirize captured the 400-meter crown with a time of 46.80 seconds.

Golden and Hammond are competing in their respective triple jump events Saturday. Golden set a new personal-best distance in the men's triple jump at the Conference USA Indoor Championships (16.02m), placing second in the event behind UTEP's Mark Jackson (16.09m). Jackson's season-best distance of 16.21-meters is the fifth best mark in the NCAA, while Golden's distance has him ranked ninth.

Hammond's season and career-best distance came at the Alex Wilson Invitational Feb. 22, leaping 12.95-meters to a first place finish. She ranks No. 17 in the NCAA and was an addition to the final 16 after Maryland's Thea LaFond was not able to compete. Hammond finished third in the long jump (5.91m) and fourth in the triple jump (12.55m) at the C-USA Indoor Championships.

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