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February 24, 2007
Gary Pine
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CLAREMONT, Calif. –- A handful of Cougars had one last opportunity to add their names to the list heading to the NAIA Indoor Championships or at least sharpen their marks during Saturday’s 11th Annual Rossi Relays hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

The highlight performance of the day came in the men’s 4x400 relay where the Cougars lowered their time to 3:13.71, the fastest relay in the NAIA this season and thus putting the Cougars’ into “favored status” heading into the NAIA championship meet in 2 weeks. Senior Peter Sherman improved his NAIA-qualifying time in the 3000 meters with a season-best effort of 8:44.95.

On the women’s side, Renee Eckley went 39’ 3” in her first shot put of the season, while Zora Golcevska, who is expected to push for the NAIA title in the pentathlon, improved her chances for high points in the high jump with a season-best jump of 4’ 11¾”.

Yesterday, in Irvine, a large contingent of Cougars competed at a last-chance meet at Concordia. Freshman Monti Sutton highlighted the day with an NAIA automatic qualifying leap of 47’ 2 ½”.

Azusa Pacific takes off next week in preparation for the NAIA Indoor Championship Meet March 8-10 in Johnson City, Tenn.