March 11, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Juniors Jeremiah James and Afiya Walker will represent the University of Wyoming men's and women's track teams at this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13.
For the first time in his career, James will be competing in the NCAA Championship meet. In 2008 he competed in the NCAA Mountain Regional during the outdoor season in the long jump. He finished that meet in eighth place, just five inches out of qualifying for the Championship meet. In 2009, James once again qualified for the Regional meet but finished the triple jump in 13th place and once again missed the Championship meet. This year he made it as one of the top-15 athletes in the triple jump and will boast the `brown and gold' in Arkansas.
"I am extremely excited for Jeremiah to make it to the national meet," said UW assistant coach Quincy Howe. "He is one of 15 participants who make up a little over one percent of athletes that actually make it to this meet, and an All-American certificate for him would put the icing on a tremendous indoor season."
Walker will compete for the Cowgirls in the 400-meter dash for the first time in her career at the NCAA Championship meet as well. Like James, she qualified for the 2009 Regional meet where she placed 16th in the 400-meter dash and was a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished ninth. She is currently ranked 16th out of 18 individuals and only two seconds behind the leading Jessica Beard of Texas A&M.
"We are very excited to have these two student-athletes compete at the national meet for the University of Wyoming," said UW head coach Don Yentes. "They are rested and we did a good job of not over racing or over jumping them during the season and if they do what they did to get here, than they will have a successful meet."
The racing will begin with Walker on Friday at 6:10 p.m. trying to qualify for the finals that will be ran at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. James will take to the runway on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m.