Henderson & Draxler Set for Indoor Nationals

March 8, 2018
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SAN DIEGO -- Ashley Henderson and Bonnie Draxler will represent the Aztecs at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas this Friday and Saturday. This is the second year in a row the Aztecs have sent two athletes to the Indoor Nationals.

Henderson, the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship Women's Outstanding Performer of the Meet, qualified for Nationals in the 60 and 200 meter dash. Her season-best time of 7.21 (altitude-adjusted) in the 60 is the seventh best in the nation. She ran an altitude-adjusted time of 22.94 in the 200 at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, the eighth best time in the country. Henderson finished fourth in both events at the 2017 Nationals, which also took place in College Station.

"For me the key to medal is to stay focused and keep faith," Henderson explained. "I've had really good preparation so my body is fully capable and ready. I just have to believe in myself."

16 student-athletes will compete in the prelims on Friday with eight advancing to the finals. The 60 is split into two heats, with the top two advancing plus the next four fastest times. Four heats are run in the 200 with the top eight times advancing regardless of place. Henderson will be in lane three of the second heat in the 60 and in lane five of the third heat of the 200.

Draxler qualified for Nationals after clearing 4.31 meters in the pole vault at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, a San Diego State and Mountain West record. Her mark is tied for the ninth best in the nation. The progression will be 4.11m, 4.21m, 4.31m and then five cm increments. The "5-Alive" jumping format will be used until there are fewer than nine athletes remaining.

"The key for me is to stay within myself and do what I do every day in practice, to stay focused throughout the entire competition and just enjoy myself," Draxler said. "I'm so honored to be competing at this meet and can't wait to represent San Diego State."

The 60 prelims begin at 4:15 p.m. PT on Friday with the 200 prelims kicking off at 5:50 p.m. PT. The finals for those events are at 2:40 p.m. PT (60m) and 4:00 p.m. PT (200m) on Saturday. The pole vault competition gets started Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PT.

ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com) will stream the meet beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT March 9 and starting at 2:00 p.m. PT March 10. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 4:00 p.m. PT Sunday March 11 on ESPN2.

The remaining Aztecs begin the outdoor campaign Saturday at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge at by UC San Diego.

2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

Gilliam Indoor Track, College Station, Texas

March 9-10, 2018

Ashley Henderson

60 Meters (seeded 7th of 16) - Friday at 4:15 p.m. PT (Prelims) & Saturday at 2:40 p.m. PT (Finals)

200 Meters (seeded 8th of 16) - Friday at 5:50 p.m. PT (Prelims) & Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT (Finals)

Bonnie Draxler

Pole Vault (seeded 9th of 16) - Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PT

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