Paladino, Ilarda Qualify For NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

They have taken home a top-10 finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in eight of the last nine seasons. She will compete in the indoor mile for the first time in her career, and is seeded sixth overall, after running the indoor 3000-meter run as a sophomore and junior, placing 12 a year ago, and it will mark the third straight year she will anchor the DMR, helping the relay team to a sixth place finish a year ago.

In order to qualify the NCAA Championships, an individual must run a time that ranks in the top-16 in the nation.

Adriana Wright put in one of the best conference championship performances in recent Red Storm memory as the senior came away with three individual titles, a silver medal in the 4x400-meter relay and earned distinction as the Women's High Point Performer (32 points).

Two individuals and a relay team from the No. 21 University of MI women's track and field team were among the field of NCAA Indoor Championships qualifiers announced by the NCAA late Tuesday night (Feb. 28). Fernandes will run the 400-meter portion of the relay and Lastra, who also competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, will run the opening 1200-meter leg.

LSU's women are lead into NCAA competition by three newly-crowned SEC Indoor Champions and five entries ranking among the Top 5 nationally as they boast their largest indoor representation in six seasons. "Spires, who will be making her first appearance at the national meet, is listed fourth in the national standings, after clearing an Academy- and conference-record 6'1½" earlier this winter at the Air Force Invitational. Martin and Hall are also among the qualifiers in the event after clocking identical personal bests of 7.26 at the SEC meet.

Moffett, the school record holder in the 200-meters ranks enters the meet with a season best time of 20.76 set I the finals of the 200-meters the Big Ten championships this past weekend. Cindy Ofili claimed the 60-meter hurdles title in 2016.

Sereno has momentum on her side after not only winning her first individual Big Ten indoor title but also chopping almost 10 seconds off her previous career best to get it done.

  • Julie Sanders