BALTIMORE,Md. — Three Coppin State student-athletes will participate in the 2015 NCAA Division I Preliminary Outdoor Track and Field East Regional Championships, which will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The three-day meet starts on Thursday, May 28 and concludes on Saturday, May 30.
Representing the Eagle women will be their dynamic duo of junior Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) champions Tanaya Yarde (400-meter hurdles) and Deandra Daniel (high jump). Making the trip south for the men for the third straight year will be junior Shane Green (triple jump). If each athlete finishes among the top 12 of their respective events, they will advance to the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Oregon from June 10-13.
This will be Daniel’s third consecutive trip to the East Regional Preliminary Championships. Daniel enters the meet with the fourth best high-jump effort of 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1.5 inches), a mark she achieved on April 18 at the Morgan State Legacy Meet. The six-time MEAC high jump champion earned All-American honors during the indoor season after finishing third in her signature event.
Yarde’s first trip to the East Regional Preliminary Championships caps a memorable year for the speedster. Entering the event with the 19th fastest time, Yarde set the Coppin State school record in the event four different times this outdoor season, most recently with a time of 58.18 seconds in winning the MEAC Championship on May 2. Prior to this season, the Coppin State school record had stood for 23 years before Yarde’s relentless assault on the record books.
Meanwhile, Green will also be making his third straight trip to the East Regional Preliminary Championships. He enters the meet having jumped at least 50 feet in two consecutive weekends. His season best mark of 15.58 meters (51 feet, 1.5 inches) is 24th overall and was achieved at Coppin State’s Don Webster Invitational on May 8. Green finished third in the triple jump at the MEAC Championships and fourth at the ECAC/IC4A Championships last weekend. Green also earned IC4A All-East honors for his performance last week.
Yarde will compete in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. and the quarterfinals of the event will be Friday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. Green and Daniel will be in action around the same time on Saturday, May 30. Daniel starts the high jump at 6:00 p.m. and Green begins the triple jump at 7:00 p.m.