SDSU Relay Team Earns At-Large Berth to NCAA Championships
June 2, 2009
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State 4x100-meter relay earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Tuesday. The quartet of Alicia King, Karoline Koehler, Jessika Hornsby and Nicole Stone received the nod after running 44.74 at the NCAA West Regionals this past weekend.
The relay is one of 18 teams vying for the Division I title and will have sophomore Briana Johnson waiting in the wings as an alternate. The foursome will be the lone Mountain West Conference representative and one of five from the West Region.
For Stone, the junior co-team captain, will be making her third appearance at outdoor nationals. As a freshman in 2006, Stone competed in the 400 and 4x400 relay and followed that with an appearance in the 400 as a sophomore the very next year. Next week, Stone will again compete in the 400 for a third time.
Koehler and Johnson are slated to make their second career appearances. In 2007, Koehler qualified in the triple jump and is scheduled to compete in the triple jump, long jump and 100 this year. Johnson, meanwhile, earned an at-large bid last season as a freshman in the 100 hurdles.
For King and Hornsby, who were high school teammates at Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif., the sophomore duo will be making their first-ever appearance at nationals.
The NCAA Championships will commence Wednesday, June 10, in Fayetteville, Ark., at 5 p.m. CT beginning with the semifinal round of the 4x100 relay.