Trojans head to nationals

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A trio of Troy University student-athletes are competing this week at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, beginning Wednesday on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

All three of the athletes will be making their debuts at the highest level of collegiate competition this week and are the most representatives from the school to compete at the championships on an individual level.

Junior Leander Mc Kenzie and senior Agata Cichoszewska took the easy route to the NCAA Championships by placing in the top five at the NCAA Mideast Regional in their respective events and earning All-Region honors. Meanwhile, junior Tiphanie Baker missed out on the automatic placements into the championships, but her national ranking was high enough to get her in based on the descending order list to fill the field.

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Baker will get things started for the Trojans when she competes in the discus on Wednesday.

The Birmingham-native holds the school record in the event with a throw of 54.56 meters at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships May 8.

Meanwhile, McKenzie will be competing in the 110-meter hurdles.

Cichoszewska will be competing in the NCAA Championships in the triple jump.

She is the school record holder in the long jump and triple jump.