University of Delaware’s Prettyman, Idris Compete at Opening Day of NCAA Women’s Track & Field Regionals
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Delaware standouts Lindsay Prettyman and Amira Idris competed at the first day of the NCAA Division I Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Regionals at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium Thursday evening.
Prettyman, the Colonial Athletic Association Outstanding Track Performer this spring, placed 38th overall in the 1,500 meters while Idris, a two-time CAA jump champion, finished 47th in the long jump. Neither placed high enough in the preliminary round to advance to the finals on Saturday.
Delaware will have one more participant in the regionals on Saturday when senior Paige Morris (Sussex Tech/Milford, Del.) competes in the triple jump at 5:30 p.m. Should Morris place among the top finishers, she would advance to the NCAA Championships June 11-14 at the University of Oregon.
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.
Prettyman (St. Mark’s HS/Newark, Del.) completed an outstanding season and career for the Blue Hens as she placed 38th overall with a time of 4:26.59 in the 1,500 meters, about five seconds off her school record time of 4:21.65. Georgia Peel of Florida State had the top time in the preliminaries with a clocking of 4:15.88.
The Delaware record-holder in five outdoor events, Prettyman had captured the 800 meter and 1,500 meter individual titles at the CAA Championships earlier this month to lead the Blue Hens to their first-ever CAA team title. Earlier this month, Prettyman was named the University of Delaware Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and earned the Mary Ann Hitchens Award as the top overall female senior student-athlete at UD.
Idris (Hylton/Woodbridge, Va.), the 2014 CAA long jump champion who was competing at the NCAA Regionals for the second straight year, placed 47th overall in the long jump competition on Thursday with a leap of 17-feet, 10.75-inches. Idris placed 38th in the triple jump last season at the NCAA Regionals.
The winner of the long jump event Thursday was Kentucky freshman Sha’Keele Sanders with a distance of 21-1.25.
This year marks the seventh straight season that the Blue Hens have had a student-athlete qualify for the regionals and the second straight year that three Delaware athletes have advanced to the meet.