JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Southeastern Louisiana hammer throwers made it 3-for-4 at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds this week when Misha Frazier earned her trip to the NCAA championships Saturday.
Frazier was 11th in the women’s hammer with a throw of 190 feet and the top-12 finish allowed her to join SLU men’s hammer throwers Alex Young and Jonathan Kinchen in the NCAA championships to be held June 10-13 in Eugene, Oregon.
Young and Kinchen secured their spots for nationals on the first day of the three-day meet Thursday. Young finished sixth with a best of 216-4 and Kinchen was 11th at 212-11.
Frazier, a Kenner native, ranked 20th in the East going into the meet, while Kinchen was ninth and Young was tied for 18th on the men’s side. SLU’s Brett Olsen was also in the hammer but did not advance through the prelims.
Frazier earned one of three spots for nationals that went to Louisiana athletes on the final day of the meet.
Louisiana Tech’s Charla Craddock also advanced when she finished fourth in her quarterfinals heat of the 200 meters with a time of 23.27 seconds. Craddock had the 11th-fastest time, taking the second-to-last spot available.
The UL-Lafayette men’s 4x100-meter relay team also qualified for the trip to Eugene when the Ragin’ Cajuns finished fourth in their heat with a season-best time of 39.89 seconds and advanced on time.
The team of Tyler Hughes, Hanoj Carter, Bismarck Ebiweh and Jeryl Brazil had the 10th-best time overall after going into the meet tied for 21st in the East.
LSU had four athletes earn two spots each in the NCAA championships in individual events and also grabbed a relay spot during the three-day meet.
Chanice Chase and freshman Daeshon Gordon both made it in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles for the Lady Tigers, while Aaron Ernest and sophomore Tremayne Acy qualified in the 100 and 200 meters.
Chase and Gordon were also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that advanced and Ernest and Acy ran on the 4x100 relay unit that will also compete in Eugene — giving each of them three chances to earn All-America status.