Liberty’s Kurgut, TSU’s Hughes lead charge to NCAA track championships

Red running track in The National Stadium of Thailand, Bangkok.

Liberty’s Ednah Kurgut is on the verge of becoming the Flames’ first woman to earn Division I All-America honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track in the same academic year after qualifying for the NCAA championships to be held June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.

Kurgut, who won the Big South women’s 10k title in May, qualified 11th with a time of 16:12. 71 in the women’s 5,000 meters over the weekend at the East regional meet. The top 24 in each event qualified for the outdoor national championships.

Harvard’s women’s sprinters made their presence known by qualifying both the 4×100 and 4×400 squads. In addition, freshman Gabrielle Thomas had the second-fastest qualifying time in the East in the 200 m at 22:37. Senior hurdler Autumne Franklin was the top qualifier in the 400 m hurdles.

Tennessee State’s Amber Hughes qualified in the triple jump.

The complete women’s start list for the championships can be found here.

On the men’s side, Western Kentucky continued it’s dominance, particularly in the sprints, with junior Kyree King qualifying in both the 100m and 200m as well as part of the 4×100 and 4×100 relays. The WKU men won the 2016 Conference USA indoor and outdoor titles as well as the 2015 indoor title.

For the complete men’s start list for the championships, click here.

Kathy Kudravi

Kathy Kudravi is executive web producer for ASN.