Men's Track Star Becomes the First Saint Leo Track Athlete to Qualify for NCAA Championships
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University standout Herns Agyemang-Duah made Saint Leo University athletics history on Saturday, April 26, when he became the first track athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championships, doing so in the 800-meter run.
Agyemang-Duah, who is competing in his first year of track at any level, provisionally qualified at the UNF Invitational at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. A native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Agyemang-Duah ran the 800-meters in a time of 1:52.36, good enough for first place.
So far this season, Agyemang-Duah has recorded two first place finishes and a ninth place finish in his three 800-meter starts this spring.
If an athlete hits the provisional mark – which is 1:52.50 in the 800-meters – they get put on a qualifying list, a list that Agyemang-Duah is currently ranked No. 28 nationally on. Last year 20 individuals advanced to the NCAA Championships. If no one scratches and the list remains the same Agyemang-Duah would have to run a 1:51.9 to move into the top-20 to secure his spot at the Championships.
This year's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Grand Valley Track and Field Stadium in Allendale, Mich. Grand Valley State University will host the championships for the first time in conjunction with the West Michigan Sports Commission. Competition will take place May 22-24, 2014.
The Lions return to action on May 9 when they compete at the Seminole Twilight Invitational at the Mike Long Track in Tallahassee, Fla.
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