March 5, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Wednesday's UNC Indoor Madness Meet marked the second-to-last chance for freshman Kierra Foster and senior Natalie Dye to earn NCAA-qualifying marks this indoor season. The two have come heartbreakingly close this year, both shattering school records along the way.
Foster, fresh off a school record-setting finish at the ACC Championships, wasted no time in lowering that mark. At tonight's running of the 60 meter hurdles, her time of 8.49 set a new school record and earned her second place. Unfortunately, her time was just .06 seconds short of the provisional qualifying mark. Foster also placed 3rd in the long jump with a distance of 18-10.5.
Dye set the school record in the pole vault at 12-7.5 this season, and was hoping to break that by reaching the NCAA-qualifying mark of 12-9.5. While finishing 2nd in the pole vault at the meet adds another top-three finish to her total this year, her height of 12-5.5 was still short of the qualifying standard.
Fortunately, both Foster and Dye will have one final chance to reach the NCAA's this weekend at the ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. For either athlete, qualifying for that all-important meet would mean two more school records reset.