Two members of the SHSU men’s track and field team will get their last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships when they travel to Ames, Iowa this weekend.
Senior Joe Amburn and junior Adrian Ray will compete in an NCAA “Last Chance” Qualifying Meet hosted by Iowa State University on Saturday.
Ray has an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 7.89 in the 60-meter hurdles, ranking 35th in the nation among all Division I-A athletes in his event. Ray was also runner-up at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships.
“Ray will have to shave about six one-thousandths of a second off his time to give him a legitimate chance of getting to the championships,” said SHSU track and field coach Greg Hinze. “That doesn’t sound like very much, but in our world, it’s a huge difference.”
Senior Joe Amburn, also traveling to Iowa this weekend, has yet to reach a provisional mark, but is close to one in the 800-meter dash. Amburn set a new school record of 1:52.64 last month when he came in first in the 800-meter dash at the University of Houston Invitational.
Hinze said Amburn has worked hard to be in a position to basically dominate any event in which he competes.
“His name will be all over our record book by the time he leaves here and I’m not looking forward to that day arriving,” he said.
At the Southland Conference Indoor Meet February 21-22, Amburn finished first in the mile and fifth in the 3,000-meter run. The senior from Cleveland also finished first along with Vance Bridges, Aaron Russell and Keith Jensen in the Distance Medley Relay.
This weekend is the deadline for individuals to post marks that would qualify them for the NCAA Indoor Championships March 14-15 in Fayetteville, Ark.