EMU - Voronko Treks to Oregon for NCAA National Championship

EMU - Voronko Treks to Oregon for NCAA National Championship

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Eastern Michigan University sophomore Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-University of Moscow) will travel to Eugene, Ore. to represent the EMU women's track and field team at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship, June 6-8. The national championship, hosted by the University of Oregon, will take place at Hayward Field, one of the most famous track and field venues in the world.

“Victoria has had a fantastic season so far, and competing in her first national championships is a huge honor and thrill for her,” stated EMU Head Coach Sue Parks. “She is excited about the opportunity to compete against the best athletes in the nation, and I feel that she is ready for a great showing.”

Voronko will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, an event she has shined in throughout the season. She will take the track in the event's semifinals Thursday, June 6, at 8:35 p.m. The Stavropol, Russia native qualified for the national championship with yet another school record-breaking time at the NCAA East Regional, May 24, in Greensboro, N.C. The MAC champion's time of 10:08.10 shattered her previous EMU record of 10:15.74 as the sophomore sensation broke the record for the third time this outdoor campaign, crossing the finish line in ninth place. The time not only punched Voronko's ticket to the national championship, but it also gave her the No. 20 seed for the race.

In four steeplechase races this season, Voronko has tallied a pair of victories as well as a third-place finish at the Drake Relays, April 25, where she set her previous school record of 10:15.74. The Eagles' top distance runner took first at the Sea Ray Relays, April 12, as well as winning her first Mid-American Conference Championship, May 10.

Thursday, Eagles' fans can watch Voronko run live on ESPN3 (ESPN3.com). Coverage of the the national championship meet begins at 6:50 p.m. If Voronko qualifies in the semifinals, she will race in the finals at 5:57 p.m. Saturday, June 8, with the 3,000-meter steeplechase national championship at stake.