By Steve Holt, Sports Writer
The NCAA released Tuesday the final entries for the 2004 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in Boston March 12-13, and ACU will be represented by 10 men and nine women.
ACU will have competitors in nine men’s events and eight women’s events.
ACU’s men’s team is the defending champion at the meet, while the women’s team placed second a year ago.
Two ACU women joined the group of qualifiers at Saturday’s Clemson Classic in Clemson, S.C., at which a handful of ACU athletes attempted to qualify for the first time or improve their qualifying marks. Transfer Adeh Mwamba won the women’s mile in 5:02.06, qualifying provisionally for the national meet. Teammate Ashley Armstrong, a freshman from Tennessee, tied for second in the women’s high jump with a season-best leap of 5-7.
The women’s 4×400-relay team won the event in 3:50.60.
“We had some big breakthroughs this weekend in the women,” said head coach Jon Murray.
Murray said ACU and St. Augustine’s should be the teams fighting for the men’s title in two weeks.
“In the men, it’s just a matter of us taking care of our business,” Murray said. “We’ll take a good number up there; we just have to go up there and compete well.
“In the women, we could get anywhere from first to fourth or fifth,” Murray said.
Lincoln, St. Augustine’s and North Datota State look to be favorites for the women’s title.