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Williams Qualifies for Eugene in Women's Hammer

May 30, 2015  Jacksonville, Fla.  RSS
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Jocelyn Williams advanced to the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the women's hammer with her performance on Saturday.

Jocelyn Williams advanced to the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the women's hammer with her performance on Saturday.

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Redshirt senior Jocelyn Williams punched her ticket to Eugene with a fifth-place finish in the women's hammer, Saturday at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet at Hodges Stadium.

Williams reached 198-4 on her second women's hammer attempt, putting the New Jersey native well within the East Region's 12 qualifiers to the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be contested at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 10-13.

Williams, who will make her NCAA national meet debut, becomes the second Liberty women's hammer thrower ever to reach the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, following former teammate Melinda Bendik's appearance in 2012.

Williams was one of three Big South competitors to advance to Eugene in the women's hammer on Saturday, along with Winthrop's Marthaline Cooper and Gardner-Webb's Krista Chauvin. The women's hammer national final will be contested on June 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern, with live coverage available on ESPN3.

Two weeks after capturing her second straight Big South outdoor women's triple jump title, junior Janae Jones made an impressive Preliminary Round debut in the event. All three of her attempts measured over 40 feet, including her opener of 40-10.5 which put her in 25th place out of the 48 competitors.

In the men's triple jump, Big South indoor and outdoor champion Aklesso Agama wrapped up his sophomore season with an 32nd-place finish. Competing in his home state, Agama's top mark was his 49-2.5 effort in round one.

Redshirt junior Fred Fulton participated in his second event in as many days, the men's shot put. His third throw of 55-2 placed 39th overall.

Making her third straight appearance at this meet, but first in the hammer, senior Jennifer Smith failed to record a legal mark on Saturday.