UDM - Lewis Finishes 24th in NCAA Championship Preliminary Round Friday

UDM - Lewis Finishes 24th in NCAA Championship Preliminary Round Friday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (5/30/2014) -- Senior Eric Lewis and junior Colin Cashner from the University of Detroit Mercy men's outdoor track and field team both competed in the men's hammer throw at the NCAA Championship Preliminary Round in the East Region on Friday in Jacksonville, Florida, on the campus of the University of North Florida bringing the 2013-14 UDM track and field season to a close.

Lewis finished 24th, while Cashner was 33rd in the field of the top 48 in the East Region. On the line was a trip to the NCAA Championship, June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon, for the top 12 overall finishers in the East and West Regions.

Cashner was the 11th thrower in the first of three flights, while Lewis was the first to throw in the second flight.

Cashner fouled on his first and second attempts and finished with a toss of 58.72m/192-8 on his final throw to place fifth in the first flight and 33rd overall.

Lewis had a mark of 55.92m/183-5 on his first throw and moved up to 60.88m/199-9 on his second throw. Lewis finished the day with his third throw at 58.78m/192-10. His second throw held up for 24th overall and the best male finish for a UDM men's hammer thrower at the NCAA Championship. The top UDM finish overall came back in 2010 when Brittany Horne on the women's side was 14th in the East Region.

Lewis entered his second preliminary round competition 26th in the East Region and a UDM record-breaking throw of 62.38m/204-8 that he had back in April at the Bison Outdoor Classic at Bucknell. Cashner was 45th with a throw of 59.89m/196-6 he had during the Horizon League Outdoor Championships the first weekend of May at Youngstown State in his first ever NCAA action.

The top 48 athletes in each event (not multi-athletes or relay teams) in the East Region are declared to compete in the NCAA Championship Preliminary Round. The top 12 overall in the East and West Regions then move on to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon. The top 24 multi-athletes and relay teams prior to the NCAA Championship Preliminary Round advance automatically to Eugene to compete.

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