Belmont senior Lynette Rives became Belmont’s first woman ever to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in consecutive years when she finished third in the 200 meters at the Mideast Regional in Louisville on Saturday.
“My race was all guts,” she said. “I am excited for another chance at Nationals.”
The top five finishers in each event earned spots in the NCAA meet (June 10-13 at Fayetteville, Arkansas). Rives easily advanced with a time of 23.28 seconds, which was nearly half a second ahead of sixth place
She also made the finals in the 100-meter dash this weekend. She failed to advance in that event when she finished one-tenth of a second behind the final qualifier.
“She was really motivated by what happened earlier in the 100,” assistant coach Cameron Harvey said. “She was able to refocus for the 200 and put in a good effort. We are all looking forward to going to Nationals next month.”
Rives, a Rossview High School (Clarksville) product, reached the semifinals of the 200 in 2008 and ultimately finished 14th.
Also at the NCAA Mideast Regional:
• Tennessee State sophomore Martinique Guice had her season-long win streak in the long jump end when she finished 21st and failed to advance to the finals. Her best jump in the prelims was 19-4 ¾.
• Vanderbilt sophomore Rita Jorgensen made the finals of the 1,500. She finished ninth in 4:30.52.
TREVECCA PITCHER NAMED ALL-AMERICAN
Tim Dunn became the sixth Trevecca Nazarene baseball player ever to earn NAIA First-Team All-America honors.
The junior pitcher was named the TranSouth Player of the Year after he went 12-0 with a 1.81 ERA. He led the NAIA in wins and runs allowed per nine innings (1.31) and was among the top 10 in four other categories.
Last year Dunn was a Junior College All-American for Logan College.
“Anyone that goes through the TranSouth conference undefeated is as deserving as anyone in the country,” coach Jonathan Burton said. “We have a great league and it really says a lot about the demeanor and character that Tim displayed throughout the year when he was on the mound.”
Senior outfielder Chris Lowe, who hit .387 and scored 52 runs, was named honorable mention NAIA All-America.
• Trevecca senior Chelsea Bailey was named to the 2009 Louisville Slugger/NAIA All-Region team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The 2009 TranSouth Player of the Year finished her career with nine single-season or career school records.
• Lipscomb’s 2009 volleyball recruiting class earned honorable mention status by prepvolleyball.com in its annual rankings. The Lady Bisons added four incoming freshmen and Clemson transfer Meghan Hinemeyer for the coming season.