GCU’s Duffus leads NCAA qualifiers
Lopers earn two automatic marks at Day 1 of New Mexico Classic
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Grand Canyon completed the first day of action at the New Mexico Classic on Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The meet is hosted by New Mexico and consists of teams from Southern Utah, Air Force, UNLV, Kansas State and CSU-Pueblo, as well as several unattached athletes.
The Antelopes collected six top-five finishes on the first day of action, including three NCAA automatic qualifiers and two provisional marks.
Ann-Marie Duffus won the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.10 meters (20-0 1/4), reaching an automatic qualifing mark. Her jump remained as the second-longest in the nation this season.
Shavine Hodges finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.06, the fastest among collegiate athletes in the competition. Her time reached an automatic mark and is the fastest in Division II.
Dominique Hubert took third in the 200-meter dash and first among collegiate competitors with a time of 21.84, which was just .01 seconds off the provisional mark.
Including Friday's marks, the ‘Lopes have already accumulated 13 NCAA automatic qualifiers, as well as 55 NCAA provisional marks between the men's and women's teams.