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Owens On To Finals

March 10, 2006

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - UNLV sophomore sprinter Ashley Owens qualified for the finals in the 60 meters Friday at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Owens ran a time of 7.23 in the third heat of qualifying, making the final group of eight by one one-hundreth of a second as the ninth-fastest time was 7.24 by Taheisha Harrigan of Alabama. Kelly Ann Babtiste of LSU ran the fastest time, clocking a time of 7.16 on the track at the University of Arkansas.

It is the second fastest-time of the year for Owens, a transfer from LSU. She ran a blazing 7.20 at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Champions to win the event, breaking the UNLV and MWC records in the event. Owens will be attempting to become just the third national champion in Rebel history. Sheila Tarr won the heptathlon in 1984 and Trena Hull captured the title in the indoor 1,000 meters in 1987.

Owens and the rest of the 60-meter field will run the finals Saturday at 4:25 p.m. (PST).



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