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Winthrop's Howard qualifies for regionals

CHARLOTTE -- The Winthrop Eagles added another NCAA qualifier to the list this past weekend at the Charlotte 49ers' meet as Ashley Howard won the discus and qualified for the NCAA Regionals for the second straight year.

Winthrop will be home this week as it hosts the Asics/Winthrop Invitational at the Irwin Belk Track beginning Thursday afternoon with the heptathlon and decathlon, Friday with field events and trials and Saturday at 11 a.m. with finals. Admission is free.

Howard's throw of 159 feet, 1 inch easily surpassed the competition as well as the NCAA qualifying mark. She now joins high jumper Jason Williams as qualifiers for the NCAA East Regional and both currently rank in the NCAA's top five performers in their respective events.

"As I said last week, it was only a matter of time before Ashley popped one out there," said Winthrop coach Ben Paxton.

The Eagles also scored another victory in Charlotte as Matthew Elliot continued to assault the record book with his first-place finish in the 800 meters. Elliott set a new school record 1:51.74. He also finished third in the 1500m, as well.

Keary Simms leaped 48-3 to claim third place i nthe triple jump. Simms' leap broke the old school record by over a foot and is close to the NCAA mark of 15.00m. Sophomore Travis Coleman broke his school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 154-6, good for sixth place.

Other top finishers included Carrie Phillips (third) in the 5000m in 17:43.4, Curly Moss (fourth) in the 3000m in 11:12.7, Daryl Green in the 400m (fifth, 48.18) and 200m (sixth 22.01), Dexter Young (fifth) in the high jump in 6-5, Tyler Hudgins (fifth) in the 2000m steeple in 6:50.03 and Brooke Spencer (sixth) in the 5000m in 18:29.

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