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Hay Takes Fifth In Long Jump, 4x100 Relay Qualifies for Finals at NCAA Championships

Nikki Hay Berea, Ohio - May 27, 2010 - Nikki Hay took fifth in the long jump to earn All-America honors and the 4x100 relay team qualified for the finals in the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The team of Laurie Jenkins, Crystal Davis, Erika Marks, and Hay ran the third fastest time of the prelims as they combined to cross the finish line in 46.91. The team was originally seeded sixth entering the meet with a qualifying time of 47.38. Running for the first time together on the national level, Springfield will run in the finals on Saturday afternoon. The relay team from Wartburg College, which ran in Springfield's heat, recorded the top time in the prelims with the fastest time in Division III this season, a 46.22.

Nikki Hay In the long jump, Hay finished in fifth place to earn All-America honors as she registered a mark of 18-8 1/2 (5.70m). In her decorated collegiate career, this marks the first time that Hay earned All-America honors in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Briana Aiken, a freshman from Texas Lutheran, was crowned the national champion after jumping a distance of 19-3 1/2 (5.88m).

Hay qualified for the finals with the third-farthest distance in the prelims, a jump of 18-8 1/2 (5.70m), the same distance she jumped in the finals. She entered the event seeded second after qualifying for the NCAA's with a distance of 5.93 meters (19-5 1/2) at the Division III New England Championships.

Hay, who qualified for the NCAA Championships in four separate events, will continue her busy weekend on Friday as she will run in the 100 meter dash prelims.

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