DES MOINES, Iowa -- Winthrop seniors Jason Williams and Matthew Elliott turned in strong performances in front of a sellout crowed at the prestigious Drake Relays last weekend.
Before a record 49th straight sellout of 18,000 track and field fans at the 99th Drake Relays, Williams claimed third place in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 11 inches despite the 30-degree weather. Williams narrowly missed 7-1, which would have tied his personal best and put him on the victory stand. Elliott ran from the front in a windy and tactical 1,500 meters before fading to fourth and finishing with a time of 3:52.4.
"To perform in front of a packed house and represent Winthrop well shows what these guys are made of," Winthrop coach Ben Paxton said. "This is an experience of a lifetime for these guys. Almost every U.S. Olympic champion has run at this storied meet, and to finish this high is great for the university."
This year's meet drew more than 300 teams and 8,000 athletes. NCAA champion Arizona State, along with most of the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC competed at the relays. The Eagles will be off this weekend for final exams before resuming competition at the Seminole Twilight Meet at Florida State on May 9-10.
• WOMEN'S TENNIS -- The Winthrop women's tennis team will find out who and where it will be playing in the 2008 NCAA Tennis Regionals when the NCAA airs its Selection Show today at 2 p.m. on ESPNEWS (cable channel 26 in Rock Hill).
Eagle fans and the media are invited to join coach Cid Carvalho and his team in the Eagle Club Room of the Winthrop Coliseum to view the selection show.
Winthrop will be making its eighth NCAA tournament appearance in the past 10 years after clinching the Big South Conference championship and earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.