RINDGE, N.H. (February 26, 2019) – The Franklin Pierce University track & field program will be represented by three student-athletes at the NCAA Championships, as announced Tuesday afternoon by the NCAA. On the women’s side, senior CeCe Telfer (Lebanon, N.H.) and freshman Paola Brena (Queretaro, Mexico) will travel to the national meet, while sophomore Hugo Arlabosse (Marseille, France) has qualified on the men’s side.
The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Pittsburg State University on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kan. The selection process begins with the top 16 competitors in each individual event. Student-athletes are then added or removed, based on strength of the field, to reach a meet size of 270 participants per gender, with a maximum of 20 competitors allowed in any individual event.
Telfer has qualified in a pair of events, as she will compete in the 200-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles. The hurdles event features preliminary heats at 3:30 p.m. (all times EST) on Friday, followed by the final at 6 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, the 200-meter dash has preliminary heats scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Friday, and the final is slated for 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
Telfer’s fastest time of the year in the 200-meter dash is 24.08 seconds, which was set at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships earlier this month. Her fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles is 8.33 seconds, which came in December, at the UMass Boston Indoor Open. She is ranked third in the country in the hurdles and seventh in the 200-meter dash.
For her part, Brena has qualified in the high jump after winning the NE10 title as a freshman earlier in February. The high jump will be contested on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Brena’s best mark of the season in the event is 1.70 meters, which she cleared at the UMass Boston meet. She is tied for 15th in the nation in the event.
On the men’s side of things, Arlabosse earned his second career NCAA Championships selection by qualifying in the 800 meters. The event will hold its preliminary heats at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the final at 7:35 p.m. Saturday. Arlabosse’s fastest time of the season came this past weekend at the Boston University Last Chance Qualifier, when he turned in a time of 1:49.69. He is ranked sixth in the nation in the event.
In all events which feature preliminary heats, the final will ultimately consist of eight qualifiers.
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