May 17, 2014
Redlands, Calif. - In a final tune-up before the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championships, sophomore Ailene Nguyen broke a 28-year old school record Friday in the 100 meters. Nguyen clocked 12.20 to break Catherine Dee's mark of 12.23 set in 1986.
Nguyen will qualify to the national meet in the long jump, but is just outside the qualification number in the 100 meters and triple jump. She holds the Pomona-Pitzer school records in all three events. The NCAA will take the top 22 women on the TFRRS descending order lists, after scratches. Nguyen ranks 20th in the long jump, 32nd in the 100m, and 31st in the triple jump.
At the Redlands Last Chance meet, Nguyen competed in the long jump and triple jump in addition to running the 100m. She long jumped 18-4 1/4 and triple jumped 36-8 1/2 — strong marks, but not improvements on her season bests of 18-6 and 37-5 3/4.
"Ailene is ready for Nationals," said Women's Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "This school record shows her speed is there for the long jump runway. I know she has a big jump in her at Nationals. This will be her second year there, and she is excited to compete at the National meet without the challenges of last year." Nguyen competed at last year's national meet despite contracting mono in the final weeks of the spring 2013 semester.
The National Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24 in Delaware, Ohio, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan.