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Four America East Indoor Track & Field Athletes will compete in the 2014 NCAA Championship. Left to Right: Burne, Stony Brook; Bowen, Albany; Smith, UMBC; Purrier, UNH
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4 Indoor #AETF Student-Athletes Invited to NCAAs

Release: 03/12/2014
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Four America East Track & Field student-athletes will compete in the 2014 Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, March 14 through Saturday, March 15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

On the women’s side, the 2014 Most Outstanding Female Rookie, Elinor Purier of New Hampshire, will be running as the 11-seed in the mile as she qualified for the NCAAs with a school-record of 4:36.14, which she set at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. Stony Brook senior Olivia Burne will be making her first NCAA Indoor Championship appearance as and will compete in the mile as the 12 seed. Burne earned her trip off a personal-best mark of 4:36.22 that also set at the Boston U. meet. Her time was a 1.8-second improvement from her previous record.

UMBC’s Andrew Smith, who is just the sixth Retriever track and field student-athlete to compete at the NCAA Championships, will run in the 800-meter run. He bested his own school mark at the Boston U. event with a time of 1:48.82 to qualify.

Alexander Bowen of Albany travels to the nationals as the only America East field performer. Bowen propelled himself 7’2.25” (2.20m) in the High Jump at the Penn State Indoor Relays to earn the 12 slot. He is the first Albany student-athlete to be invited to the NCAA Indoor Championship since 2009.

ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 14 starting at 7:55 p.m. Eastern and March 15 starting at 7:50 p.m. Eastern. A tape delay of the championship will air Saturday, March 22 starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU.

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