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Davis, Hay, Jenkins, and Marks Headed To NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Davis, Hay, Jenkins, and Marks Headed To NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships Springfield, Mass. - May 19, 2010 - Four student-athletes will represent Springfield College at the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Track and Field Championships which will take place from May 27-29 in Berea, Ohio. The Pride's 4x100 relay team of Crystal Davis, Nikki Hay, Laurie Jenkins, and Erika Marks will race, while Hay will return to the national scene and run in the 100 as well as compete in the triple jump and long jump.

The Championships will be hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and will be held at Tressel Field in Finnie Stadium.

Other than Hay, the rest of the 4x100 relay team will be making its' first appearance at the national meet as it is comprised of two freshmen and a sophomore. The squad enters the NCAA's with the sixth fastest time in the country this season, a 47.38, which they ran at the All New England Championships on May 8.

Hay will wrap up her illustrious career at Springfield and will do so in usual fashion, competing individually in a trio of events. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Hay will look to duplicate her performances that she had at the NCAA Indoor Championships during the winter. There, she won the national championship in the triple jump and placed third in the long jump en route to be named the USTFCCCA Outstanding Women's Field Performer at the meet.

She enters the meet with the second-longest distance in the country this season in the long jump. Her qualifying mark of 5.93 meters (19-5 1/2) came at the Division III New England Championships and is just 1/2 inch behind the top qualifier, JaLeesa Osborne from Roanoke College.

Hay will go into the triple jump seeded sixth with a mark of 11.93m (39-1 3/4), which she also set at the Division III New England Championships. The reigning indoor national champion in the event, Hay took fourth in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships a year ago with a leap of 12.01m (39-5).

In the 100, she is seeded 11th after running a qualifying time of 12.08 at the Division III New England Championships. She enters the race as the top sprinter from New England.

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