ELON, N.C. – Three members of the Elon University women’s track and field team will continue their season into postseason competition as junior Coralea Geraniotis, senior Bryanna Hames and redshirt senior Bre’anna Warren will represent the Phoenix at the 2018 NCAA East Preliminaries after being announced as qualifiers for the field on Thursday, May 17. The trio will compete at the University of South Florida in Tampa on May 24-26.
“This is always a great way to represent Elon track and field,” said Elon Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Mark Elliston. “Each of the young ladies did a great job all year to qualify for this round and hopefully they can take it further by doing well and advancing for the national meet.”
Hames will compete in her third straight NCAA East preliminary meet as the Charlotte, N.C., native becomes the first athlete from Elon to qualify for two events in both the discus and the shot put. Hames is coming off a Colonial Athletic Association championship in the discus and is 26th overall in the region with her season-best throw of 170′ 11″ (52.11m). She is also 33rd in the East Region in the shot put with a throw of 53′ 1.5″ (15.58m) – a school-record. Last season, Hames became the first Elon athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championships where she earned honorable mention accolades in the discus.
Geraniotis will compete in her first East preliminary meet as the Orleans, Mass., native is scheduled to compete in the 5,000-meters as she enters as No. 26 in the region. Geraniotis took the CAA title in both the 5,000 and 10,000-meters a couple of weeks ago, the first conference championships of her career. She twice set the school-record in the 5,000-meters this season capping off with a personal-record time of 16:19.47 at the Duke Invitational.
Warren will compete for the second straight season at the NCAA East Prelims in the discus throw. The Greensboro, N.C., native earned All-CAA honors in the discus at the CAA Championships after finishing third with a throw of 158′ 5″ (48.29m). She had a personal-best throw of 167′ 4″ (51.01m) at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting this season, the second-best performance in school history. She enters the prelims ranked 34th overall in the region.
Competition for the NCAA East Prelims is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 24, with the first event for the Phoenix, Hames in the shot put, slated for an 8 p.m. start.