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Jefferson a Late Addition to National Track & Field Meet

June 1, 2007
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Junior Carol Jefferson will make her debut at the national meet on Thursday, when she competes in the women's 10,000-meter final.

Junior Carol Jefferson will make her debut at the national meet on Thursday, when she competes in the women's 10,000-meter final.

Due to a last-minute scratch, Liberty junior Carol Jefferson will have the opportunity to run the 10,000 meters at next week's NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Liberty will now have five representatives at the national meet for the first time in program history. 

Jefferson (Schwenksville, Pa.) will join fellow juniors Jon Hart (Wyomissing, Pa.), Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas), Brandon Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) and Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) in Sacramento. The women's 10,000 meters will be contested as a final, Thursday night at 11:40 p.m. Eastern. 

Jefferson, who will be making her first appearance at the national level, has enjoyed a successful season at the 10,000-meter distance. She won three races, including the Big South Championship, took second at the Penn Relays and came in fourth at the ECAC Championships. The junior's best time, 34:37.27, was achieved at the Penn Relays on April 26 and set a new Liberty and Big South record. 

The native of the Keystone State has also enjoyed several breakthroughs at 5,000 meters this spring. She defended her Big South title in the event in a new meet-record time of 17:20.06. Most recently, Jefferson became the second Lady Flame ever to crack the 17-minute barrier, placing 19th at the NCAA East Regional Championships last Friday night in 16:50.86. 

The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the start of the men's decathlon competition. Action will take place at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex, on the campus of Sacramento State.