Sprinters Look to Impressive Seasons at NCAA Championships
June 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana associate head coach (sprints/hurdles) Ed Beathea constantly reminds his student-athletes that while it is a challenge to reach a national championship level of competition, there is even more pressure to maintain that status. And as the Hoosiers embark upon the NCAA Championships June 7-10, Beathea hopes that his crew is ready to answer the call.
"Many are accustomed to seeing teams from the south and the west at the elite level in the sprint and hurdle events," Beathea said. "That's why our 4x400m relay is such a treat (All-American David Neville, Doug Dayhoff, Ryan Smith and Trey Warfield ran the fifth-fastest time in the country at last week's regional meet -3:04.67). They surprised a lot of people, including themselves. Now that they are over that hump, they need to realize the responsibility and pressure of being at that level."
Just as Neville, the 2006 indoor national runner-up in the 400m, leads off on the relay, Beathea is counting on Neville and fellow All-American Ara Towns (women's 100m) to set the tone for the men and the women.
"Ara is a seasoned veteran at the national level, with her role on the (2002 and 2003 women's 4x100m record-setting) relays," Beathea said. "She has the opportunity to do some good things, but she needs to run well in the early rounds."
Neville's potential rematch with LSU's Xavier Carter in the outdoor 400m could be one of the highlights of the championship.
"It depends on how things pan out, but David could have a shot," Beathea said. "It largely comes down to who is on for the week."
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