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CU sends 13 to NAIA Indoor National Championships

Feb. 24—Cumberland is sending 13 athletes — eight men and seven women — to the NAIA Indoor National Championships, the national office announced yesterday.

On the men's side, Lynden Johnson and Nsikak Akpan each have qualified for the 60-meter dash. Johnson secured the 12th spot in the 60m Dash prelims with a time of 6.77 seconds. Akpan is the 23-seed with a time of 6.82 seconds.

The Phoenix are sending three athletes to compete in the 600 meter prelims: Jhonatan Rodriguez Osorno, Benjamin Nyakudya and Tahmar Upshaw. Rodriguez Osorno will be the 12-seed with a time of 1:20.48, Nyakudya is the 20-seed at 1:20.85, and Upshaw is the 23-seed at 1:20.92.

Joel Forbes qualified for the 800m prelims as the eighth seed with a time of 1:53.18.

Amir Mersel made it to the triple jump event as the 26th seed, leaping 14.32 meters. Juan Orejuela De La Rosa secured the 14th spot in the shot put, with a distance of 16.25 meters.

On the women's side, Praise Idamadudu will compete in three events ranked second in the 60m dash prelims with a time of 7.35 seconds and also second in the 400m dash prelims with a time of 54.12 seconds.

Doris Mensah will join Idamadudu in the 60m dash prelims with a time of 7.54 seconds as the eight-seed and she earned the 14th spot in the 60m hurdles prelims with a time of 8.65 seconds.

Blessing Samuel clinched the third-seed in long jump, covering 5.91 meters, and the 15th spot in the triple jump, covering 11.54 meters.

Daveina Watson ranked fourth in the shot put with a throw of 14.57 meters.

Idamadudu, Mensah, Ifunya Muoghalu and Ezthia Maycock will run the 4x400m relay together as the six seed with a time of 3:51.71.

The NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Dakota State University, will occur at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, S.D., Feb. 29-March 2.