Delaware's Prettyman, Morris, Idris Headed to NCAA Women’s Track & Field Regionals May 29-31 at University of North Florida
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three members of the University of Delaware women’s outdoor track & field squad will continue their seasons next week when distance runner Lindsay Prettyman and jumpers Paige Morris and Amira Idris compete at the NCAA East Regionals at the University of North Florida.
Prettyman (St. Mark’s/Newark, Del.) will compete in the 1,500 meters, Morris (Sussex Tech/Milford, Del.) will take part in the triple jump, and Idris (Hylton/Woodbridge, Va.) will compete in the long jump on May 29-31 at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
Prettyman, a senior, will compete on Thursday, May 29 at 6 p.m., Idris, a junior, will take part in the long jump on May 29 at 6:30 p.m., and Morris, a senior, will be in action on Saturday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. Should Prettyman rank among the top finishers in the trials, she would advance to the second round on Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
The three each qualified based on their times and distances during the outdoor season. A total of 48 student-athletes qualified in each event with the top 12 finishers advancing to the NCAA Division I Championships June 11-14 at the University of Oregon.
“I am just so proud and excited for our athletes,” said Delaware head coach Wendy McFarlane, who led her squad to the Colonial Athletic Association team title two weeks ago. “They have endured a very long season. It is just commendable the level of commitment and the overall energy they had this season. I am so overjoyed for these ladies, and our staff for doing such and incredible job this season.”
This year marks the seventh straight year that the Blue Hens have had a student-athlete qualify for the regionals and second straight year that three Delaware athletes have advanced to the meet. Idris has qualified for the second straight year after finishing 38th in the triple jump last year.
Prettyman, the Colonial Athletic Association champion in the 800 and 1,500 meter runs and the meet’s Outstanding Track Performer, enters the regionals ranked No. 24 in the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 4:21.65. Florida’s Cory McGee has the top time with a clocking of 4:12.50 earlier this season.
“Lindsay Prettyman is just on a roll and there is no stopping her,” said McFarlane of the 2014 Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and an Academic All-American candidate. “Her potential is limitless as she sets her mind to do better than her best to close out her senior year.”
Idris, the 2014 CAA long jump champion and the 2013 CAA Outstanding Field Performer, is ranked 47th overall with a season-best leap of 19-9.5. LSU’s Keri Emanuel owns the best time in the event with a leap of 21-6.25 earlier this season.
“Amira came back from surgery on her ankle this past summer,” said McFarlane. “When she could not power off of her right leg, she decided to put her left leg to better use. She is never phased by her competition.”
Morris, the CAA triple jump champion and school record-holder in the event, is ranked 35th among the reginal participants with a season-best leap of 41-9.75. Florida’s Ciarra Brewer owns the best leap of the spring with a jump of 45-7.75 meters.
“Paige Morris has always had the big performances and has finally reached her goal, which is to make the NCAAs before she graduated,” said McFarlane. “She has reached her milestone as she will walk in her college graduation on Friday and compete in the NCAA regionals on Saturday.”