BOSTON - Nighthawks sophomores Taymise Sanders (Malden, Mass.) and Desiree Snead (South Easton, Mass.) became the first student-athletes in program history to attempt to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Indoor Championships and although their effort fell shy, both sprinters had their best finishes of the season at the Tufts University Last Chance Qualifier this weekend.
Sanders, who was coming off a seventh-place finish at the Division III New England Regionals, finished her 200-meter dash at the Last Chance Qualifier in 26.29 seconds. Her time was converted to 25.89 seconds for track size, placing her seventh in the meet and 87th among all NCAA Division III sprinters in the 200-meters.
Only the top-50 times qualify for the National Championships in the 200-meters. Alexandra Daniel of Nebraska Wesleyan was the last one in the national field with her 50th place time of 25.65 seconds.
For Snead, her 60-meter hurdle time of 9.45 seconds was not only her best time of the season but set a program record in the 60-meter hurdles, breaking her own record which previously was 9.56. Snead's sprint of 9.45 seconds was 11th-best at the Last Chance Qualifier and 133rd among all NCAA Division III racers in the 60-meter hurdles.
Similar to the 200-meters, the top-50 times are taken for the National Championships in the 60-meter hurdles. Four runners tied for 50th-place in the 60-meter hurdles with the time of 9.15 seconds as the cutoff, qualifying time.
With the indoor season over for the program, the Track & Field teams return on March 23 for their first outdoor meet of the season. The Nighthawks head for the Bridgewater State University Invitational on Saturday the 23rd.