EMU - Newman Qualifies for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

EMU - Newman Qualifies for NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

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YPSILANTI, Mich (EMUEagles.com) – Alysha Newman (Delaware, Ontario – Mother Teresa) will represent the Eastern Michigan University women's track and field team at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, March 8-9, in Fayetteville, Ark. Newman will compete in the pole vault beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

"Alysha has had a tremendous indoor season, and this is a great opportunity for her to compete against the best vaulters in the nation,” noted EMU Head Coach Sue Parks. “It is very difficult to qualify for the indoor championship as they only take 16 athletes compared to 24 at the outdoor championship. In addition, she is only one of two freshmen in the entire vault field. It will be great to see her finish her season strong and also gain valuable experience for the future."

As Coach Parks mentioned, Newman has had a successful start to her collegiate career. This year, her freshman campaign, Newman qualified for the NCAA Championships after taking the Mid-American Conference Championship in the pole vault with a leap of 13-feet 10.50-inches (4.23 meters), helping lead the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the conference meet, Feb. 22-23. The vault not only set a new EMU record, but the Delaware, Ontario native's leap set a new Canadian Junior National record as well.

Newman's mark of 4.23 meters placed her 15th in the nation, cracking the top 16 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The top vault on the year belongs to University of Georgia sophomore Morgann Leleux with a leap of 4.50 meters. Aside from Newman, the only other freshman in the field is Kaitlin Petrillose of the University of Texas.