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Posted on Sun, May 27, 2012 : 8:13 a.m.

8 individuals from U-M, EMU track teams qualify for NCAA Championships

By Staff


Jillian Smith

This story was updated to include an additional Eastern Michigan qualifier.

Michigan junior Jillian Smith finished second in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds Saturday, becoming the seventh local college athlete to qualify for an individual event at the NCAA Championships.

Smith finished in 4:15.08, just eight-tenths of a second behind winner Greta Feldman of Princeton.

The three-day preliminary rounds ended Saturday at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

Other local qualifiers for the NCAA Championships, held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa:


Michigan’s Emily Pendleton, a fifth-year senior, won the discus throw (55.08 meters) to earn her third NCAA appearance.

Michigan’s Kiley Tobel finished third in the pole vault (4.10 meters).

Eastern Michigan’s Asia Rawls finished 12th in the 400 hurdles. Her time of 58.50 seconds was the second-best time in EMU history.


Michigan fifth-year senior Craig Forys finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:36.86.

Eastern Michigan's Terefe Ejigu finished third in the 5,000-meter run in 14:01.88.

Eastern Michigan’s Donald Scott, a wide receiver on the Eagles’ football team, finished sixth in the triple jump.

Michigan sophomore Ali Arastu finished sixth in the 400 hurdles in 50.44 seconds.

Michigan’s 4x400 relay team of Nick Neuman, Aaron Taylor, Matthew Campbell and Phillip Washington finished eighth in a season-best time of 3:06.15.