By Keith McShea
Amherst grad Ashley Fields, a sophomore on the Baylor track and field team, will compete in the NCAA Championships in two events after qualifying during Saturday's final day of the NCAA West preliminary meet at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Fields earned a trip in the 200 meters and as part of the Bears' 4x400 relay team.
Fields scored a personal-best time of 23.27 in taking second in her heat of the 200. She was in a close race with six runners as she turned down the homestretch, but used a strong final kick to finish second. Overall, her time was fourth-best on the day.
"I was really excited," Fields said. "I was nervous, excited, all of those feelings, because I knew it was the top three; that was it. I didn't want to wait around if I got fourth and see if I made it. I did that, so I'm excited. I just need to work on my endurance a little bit more and really getting out hard, because that's really the weak point in my race. I know if I can get out a lot harder, I know my race will come together more smoothly."
The 4x400 relay took fourth in its heat with a time of 3:32.71, which was good enough to qualify because it was the ninth-fastest of the day.
The NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held June 5-8 at Eugene, Ore.
Fields holds the Section VI records in the 100 and 200 meters, which she set in 2009. She was also part of Amherst relays that own the relay records in the 4x100 and 4x400.
For a video interview of Fields along with more details, go to the baylorbears.com story.