Reaser and Thomas Set for NCAA Indoor T&F Champs
March 13, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State's Allison Reaser and Shanieka Thomas are set to compete in the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. Both Reaser (pentathlon) and Thomas' (triple jump) events will be on Saturday.
A senior, Reaser made it to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the first time of her career in the pentathlon with a school-record mark of 4,145 points at the MW Indoor Championships last month. Reaser, who has won six multi-event titles (2011-13 indoor pentathlon, 2011-13 outdoor heptathlon) at the MW Championships, easily broke her record of 3,971, which was set last year at the MW indoor meet.
The 4,145 points are the eighth most in the country this year and are within 100 points either way of 12 other competitors. Although this will be Reaser's first NCAA indoor meet, she has competed in three straight NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon, taking 18th (2011), sixth (2012) and eighth (2013). Reaser also was 12th in the heptathlon at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and 13th at the 2013 U.S. Championships.
The pentathlon kicks off at 11:45 a.m. MT Saturday with the 60-meter hurdles. The rest of the events are tentatively scheduled for 12:25 p.m. MT (high jump), 2:25 p.m. MT (shot put), 3:55 p.m. MT (long jump) and 5 p.m. MT (800 meters).
Also a senior, Thomas qualified in the indoor triple jump for the fourth consecutive year. Thomas, who was one of 10 on the preseason watch list for The Bowerman Trophy (top collegian), has finished second (2013), seventh (2012) and ninth (2011) in her three previous indoor championship meets, and is a two-time first-team USTFCCCA All-American (2012-13) and a second-team USTFCCCA All-American in 2011.
The defending NCAA outdoor champion in the triple jump, Thomas owns a season best of 45 feet, 3 inches (13.79m), which is the top mark in the country this year by eight inches over Florida's Ciarra Brewer (44-07.00 (13.59m)). Two weekends ago, Thomas claimed her third straight MW indoor triple jump title (2012-14) and fifth straight overall (also 2012-13 outdoor) with a leap of 44-05.25. Thomas has only competed in the event twice this season.
The triple jump trials and finals are slated to start at 6 p.m. MT Saturday.
Parts of the NCAA Indoor Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN3 (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/) on Saturday and on ESPNU on tape delay on March 22.
The rest of the team will begin their outdoor campaign Saturday at the UCSD Collegiate Challenge in nearby La Jolla, beginning at noon PT.
2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Pentathlon - 11:45 a.m. MT
Triple Jump - 6 p.m. MT