DELAWARE, Ohio (CentreColonels.com) - On Thursday Ohio Wesleyan University hosted the Great Lakes NCAA Final Qualifying meet, the absolute last chance of last chances for individuals to earn a berth into the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships. A pair of Centre athletes came through in the clutch with personal bests, with sophomore Rhoman James (Lexington, Ky.) qualifying in the 100m and senior Caitlin Yockey (Morrow, Ohio) qualifying in the high jump.
James, who entered yesterday's meet with a personal best 100m time of 10.84 that broke Sean Smith's Centre record that had stood since 2002, broke his own record twice at Ohio Wesleyan. James ran a time of 10.48 for a new school record, but the wind factor was too high to qualify under NCAA rules. After the wind died down, James posted a time of 10.64 in his second run to tie for 16th in the nation.
Fresh off of a Southern Athletic Association Championship in the high jump, Caitlin Yockey established a new personal best mark at the Great Lakes meet. Yockey cleared 5-6.50 feet, or 1.69 meters, to land herself in a tie for 17th in the nation in the event.
James and Yockey will bring Centre's total of NCAA invitees to four, joining junior Sarah Hayhurst (Newburgh, Ind.), who ranks tenth in the nation in the pole vault, and sophomore Annie Rodenfels (Centerville, Ohio), currently ranked second in the country in the 3000m steeplechase.
The NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships will be held on May 25-27 in Geneva, Ohio.