Taishia Pryce was the NAIA runner-up with a jump of 5.90 meters.
GULF SHORES, Alabama – The No. 6 Wiley College women's track and field team made its first trip to the awards podium as Taishia Pryce (FR/Jamaica) and Leslie Bethea (JR/Houston, Texas) became NAIA All-Americans in the long jump Thursday at the 37th Annual NAIA Women's Track and Field Championship at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium.
Pryce jumped 5.90 to finish runner-up. She was .01 meters from the champion. Bethea's best jump was 5.71 meters – which resulted in an eighth-place finish. She entered the NAIA Championship ranked 47th. Pryce and Bethea scored 9 points for the Lady Wildcats.
Wiley College also qualified for the 4 x 100-meter relay and the 200-meter dash finals with Natasha Poleon (JR/Vieux Fort, St. Lucia). Terrisa Mark (SR/Princess Town, Trinidad), Poleon, Kenisha Arthur (SR/Chaguanas, Trinidad) and Renae Dennie (SO/Harbour View, Jamaica) ran 46.99 – which was the top time in its heat. The relay team will compete in the final at 2:40 p.m. Saturday. Poleon advanced to the 200-meter dash final with a time of 24.20. The final will be at 5:10 p.m. Saturday.
Pryce ran in the 400-meter hurdles trial. Unfortunately, she knocked over the final hurdle and fell. She was able to get up and finish the race in 1:31.49. She ran 24.65 in the 200-meter dash – which was within .04 seconds of a final-qualifying time.
Before the running events, Mark was honored as a Buffalo-Funds Champion of Character Award Winner.
The Lady Wildcats will resume competition at 1:30 p.m. Friday with Dennie running in the 100-meter hurdles trial. At 2:50 p.m., Dennie, Mark and Danielle David (SO/Point Fortin, Trinidad) will run in the 100-meter dash trial. Poleon, Chriss-Ann Thomas (SO/St. Catherine, Jamaica), Deja Harrison (JR/Houston, Texas) and David look to advance to the 400-meter dash final at 3:30 p.m. Wiley College will compete in the 4 x 400-meter relay final at 7:45 p.m.