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    NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Notebook
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    June 5, 2024

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    JONESBORO, Ark. (6/5/24) – Selase Sampram is set to represent the Arkansas State track and field program on a national stage Thursday, competing in the women’s shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

    EVENT COVERAGE
    The women’s shot put is set to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. CT. Live results are available, along with an event-specific live stream on ESPN Plus.

    ROAD TO EUGENE
    Selase Sampram makes her first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing 10th at the NCAA West Prelims in Fayetteville, Ark. The junior topped her previous career best with a throw of 17.13m (56-2.5) on her third and final attempt. Her previous best mark in the event came in late March at the 96th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Sampram placed sixth in that event, throwing a personal-best 16.77m (55-0.25) – a mark that was 17th in the West entering the prelims. Entering the championships, Sampram’s mark ranks 15th in the field of 24 athletes.

    HISTORY IN THE MAKING?
    Sampram will be in rare, but record-setting, company in Eugene. Her advancement to the NCAA Championships marks the first time since Erin Farmer in 2017 that an A-State athlete has reached the national meet in the women’s shot put. Farmer is the program’s lone first- or second-team All-American in the women’s shot put, having twice been a second-team performer in 2016 and 2017.

    WHAT’S AT STAKE
    Obviously a national championship is the goal for every athlete competing at the NCAA Championships, but All-American honors are up for grabs as well. The top eight finishers earn First Team All-American laurels, with places 9-16 taking home Second Team distinction. Those finishing in places 17 through 24 receive “Honorable Mention” status.

    The last time an A-State women’s thrower earned second-team honors or better was 2018 when Calea Carr placed sixth in the discus to be named First Team All-American. In 2017 – also the last time an A-State thrower competed in the women’s shot put – Erin Farmer was the last to finish Second Team or better in the event, placing ninth.   

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    For the latest on the A-State track and field and cross country programs, follow @AStateTrack on Twitter and @astatetfxc on Instagram, while also liking the team’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/AStateTrackAndField.

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    NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Notebook. Article may or may not reflect the views of KLEK 102.5 FM or The Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council

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