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May 23, 2013
Austin, Tx. - Senior Malcolm Pennix is the first Tiger out of this week's NCAA Preliminary Round and into the NCAA Championships after his tenth-place finish in this afternoon's long jump. The Championships are slated for June 5-8 in Eugene, OR, and will bring in the top 12 finishers of each event from the two Preliminary Rounds that are in action this week. The successful first day was rounded out with three advancements from the Tigers into the final races tomorrow and Saturday.
Pennix, who entered the competition ranked 11th in the field as one of three marked at 7.76m (25-5.5). Although he didn't better that season-best, moved up one spot after his 7.63m (25-0.25) fifth attempt. This will be his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championship meet as a Tiger. He has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships the past two years for the event, finishing 12th in 2012 and 14th in March.
"I feel good about [my performance]. I wish I did better, but the whole objective is to make it to Eugene, finish in the top 12, and I was 10th," Pennix said. "Going into this Championship, I was coming off an injury, a small setback, but it was really a blessing in disguise. My legs were fresh, for the most part, and I was able to make it in against some very hard competition. Anybody could have jumped 26-feet, I'm just grateful and blessed that I made it in."
Other notable performances include seniors Laura Roxberg and Blake Irwin, and freshman Markesh Woodson, all of whom advanced to the next round in their respective events. Woodson's 10.20 finish today in the 100m dash was good for the heat win and a spot at the quarterfinals tomorrow.
Irwin will join Woodson in tomorrow's final quarterfinals. He qualified for the next round after a third-place finish in his heat, crossing the line in 1:50.52.
Roxberg finished third in her heat of the 1500m today in 4:19.56, and will partake in Saturday's quarterfinal round. They will look to earn one of those golden spots in the top 12 to stamp their tickets to the finals in Eugene.
Senior Max Storms and junior Hayden Legg rounded out the day with the men's 10k. Storms finished with a strong three laps, but was two seconds shy of breaking into the top 12. He finished 13th in the stacked field which highlighted 12 of the top 25 in the nation.
Starting off day two in Austin is sophomore Kearsten Peoples in the discus, set to go off at noon. She will be followed by sophomore Katrine Haarklau in the pole vault, senior Jacob Bullinger and sophomore Brian Duncan in the hammer, and freshman Sam Dickerson in the 3k Steeplechase.
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