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Tafelsky, Segrave, Robinson reach NAIA finals

Johnson City Press • Mar 3, 2017 at 9:41 PM

Taylor Tafelsky, Hannah Segrave and JJ Robinson all punched their tickets to the finals of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships inside the MiniDome on Friday.

On Saturday, Tafelsky will compete for a national championship in the men’s mile, Segrave will defend her national title in the women’s 800 and Robinson will make another run at a title in the women’s 3k.

The three races featured three extremes in terms of qualification. Segrave, a two-time national champ, won her heat and the entire prelim by nearly two seconds, crossing the finish line in 2:12.73. She led the whole way.

Tafelsky hung with the pack most of the way and secured an automatic qualification to the final after finishing third in his heat with a time of 4:25.50. Tafelsky actually fell to the back of the pack in the middle portion of the race before making a hard charge on the outside to get back to the final, which he finished third in last season.

Robinson went from in the pack, to out front, to sliding toward the back where she eventually landed seventh in her eight-person heat. Her time was good enough, however, as Robinson landed the 11th spot overall.

Also competing for Milligan on Friday was freshman Katlyn Haas in the 1000 meters. Haas ran a 3:06.79 to claim 18th overall, but it was not enough for the finals cut.

Milligan's schedule on Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. as Liz Maller starts things off in the shot put. Tafelsky will run the mile at 12:35 p.m. before Milligan's triple-jump crew of Alijah Dunn, Tons Ferguson and Romeo Gibbs compete at 1:30 p.m.

Segrave will run the 800 at 2:10 p.m. and Robinson will compete in the 3k at 2:45 p.m. All events on Saturday are finals.

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