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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Howard Track & Field Set to Compete in the NCAA East Preliminary Round


HU sends more than a dozen Bison to Jacksonville

(Photo Credit – NCAA)

 WASHINGTON (May 23, 2023) - Howard University track & field program sends more than a dozen Bison to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in the NCAA East Preliminary Round. The four-day event (May 24-27) will take place on the campus of the University of North Florida.


 Tickets for the 2023 NCAA East Preliminary Round are available here.

 Bison Nation can also follow all the action via ESPN+ and/or live results.


 Thursday (May 18), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) unveiled its Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships First Round Preliminaries where HU led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with more than a dozen Bison.

 Overall, HU saw a program-best 16 Bison on the qualifier list, including 11 student-athletes competing individually. Furthermore, The Mecca is the only institution in the league with a relay squad making the cut (men's 4x100 and women's 4x400).


 Four Bison are competing in the 110-meter hurdles, led by graduate Dylan Beard (Baltimore). Entering the meet, he has the second-fastest time in the nation (13.29).

 Seniors Jermanie Byrd (Miami Gardens, Fla.) and Kameron Davis (Miami) and junior Zachary Hawkins (Lithonia, Ga.) joins Beard in the event.

 Senior sprinter Ashton Daniel (Athens, Ga.) represents HU in the 200-meter dash after posting a qualifying time of 20.71 at the MEAC Outdoor Championships (May 9-11).

 Howard’s 4x100 relay squad looks to keep its season alive after running a school record 40.00 in Norfolk, Va.

 In the field, second-year Bison Chase Drewery (Waldorf, Md.) takes part in the triple jump after leaping 15.43 meters at the conference championships.


 All-American senior Jessica Wright (Durham, N.C.) and junior Darci Khan (Stockbridge, Ga.) headline the women’s side.

 Wright looks to make the National round for second straight year in the 400-meter hurdles, producing a 55.81 time (4th in the country) at the Tom Jones Memorial (April 14-15). Freshman Aniya Woodruff (Harrisburn, N.C.) joins Wright in the event, clocking in at 58.37 (MEAC Outdoor Championships).

 Khan enters the week with the nation’s ninth-fastest mark in the 100-meter hurdles, recording a 12.96 time at the Texas Relays (March 29-April 1). Fellow classmate Kaya-Rae Dunbar (Burtonsville, Md.) will also compete in the race after posting a 13.40 mark at the conference championships.

 Second-year Bison sprinter Tiffani-Rae Pittman (Bowie, Md.) represents HU in the 100-meter (11.45; Texas Relays) and 200-meter dashes (23.29; MEAC Outdoor Championships).

 This year’s 4x400 relay squad looks to get back to the National level, running a 3:31.24 mark in Austin.


 Qualifiers from the meet will advance to the 2023 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held June 7-10 in Austin, Texas.

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