RELEASE DATE: 4/23/10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mansfield track enjoys record-breaking Thursday at Penn Relays – Brenae Edwards and Clarissa Correll set school records and qualify for NCAA National Championship
PHILADELPHIA – Brenae Edwards earned a trip to the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track & Field Championship with a school-record in the 5,000 meters and teammate Clarissa Cummings broke the school-record with a provisional qualifying time in the steeplechase to cap an historic night for the Mansfield University track program at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field Thursday evening.
Edwards, who finished third in the 5000 at the NCAA Indoor National Championship, finished 12th overall in the 36 runner almost all Division I field with a school-record time of 16:43.56 to hit a automatic qualifying for the upcoming outdoor NCAA National Championship.
Cummings finished sixth Thursday night behind Anne Lovelace of Yale, Breanne Ehrman of Indiana, Alyssa Kulik of Clemson, Erin Redden of Wake Forest and Andrea Flalasek-Richardson of Kentucky with a school-record time of 10:51.60 and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship. Her time is currently the 14th fastest in the nation.
The women’s 4x400 relay team of Abbie Waltz, Kelsie Foster, Erica Ferguson and Alexa Tsiknas finished in the college division with a time of 4:02.22 – the second fastest time in school history.
Also running on Thursday were Bud Plazaenski and Nat MacNabb in the men’s Olympic Development 5000. Plaszenski finished 34th overall with a time of 14:57.43 while MacNabb was 43rd at 15:23.14.
Mike Gray competes in the shot and discus today along with the men’s 4x400 relay team.