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Cincinnati Sends Four to NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

We tend to focus on football and basketball here at Down the Drive, but we have to send some love towards the four Bearcats who are headed to Eugene, Ore. for the National Championships June 10-13.

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Cincinnati's track and field program is sending four athletes to the National Championships held in Eugene, Ore. June 10-13.

Freshman Rebecka Abrahamsson, junior Erika Hurd, freshman Adrian Valles and junior Kenya Woodall will be representing the Bearcats in Oregon, matching the school-record for athletes sent to the NCAA Outdoor Championships (Cincinnati sent four in both 2012 and 2005).

Abrahamsson, from Karlshamn, Sweden, is the first female Bearcat to qualify for the championships in the triple jump. She qualified on a 42' 4.75" distance at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, breaking her own school record in the event, according to GoBearcats.com.

Hurd, a native of Manchester, Md., will be competing at the championships in the high jump as only the second female Bearcat to do so. She placed ninth in the high jump with a 5' 10.5" height at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Hurd tied for 15th overall in the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this season.

Hurd - "NCAA: The Next Step"

Valles, a pole vaulter from Pamplona, Spain, qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by clearing 17' 2.75" at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. According to GoBearcats.com, Valles is the first Bearcats male athlete to qualify for both the indoor and outdoor championships in the same season since 1977 (Jim Schnur and Wayne Mason).

Woodall will be competing in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Championships after finishing 12th at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The Coatesville, Pennsylvania native advanced with a time of 52.70 and is the first female to qualify for the 400-meter dash outdoors for the University of Cincinnati.

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