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MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin standout athlete Ann Asipan will look to put the finishing touches on a decorated Skyhawk career by competing in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, June 10. The women’s 5k event is scheduled to get underway at 7:25 p.m. CST and can be seen live on ESPN or the WatchESPN app.
Asipan continued to build upon her stellar UT Martin career by posting a 5k time of 16:17.72 in the NCAATF East Preliminary Championship hosted by Kentucky. In a crowded field of 24 competitors, Asipan clinched a spot in the exclusive championship field by notching a top-12 time. With her finish, Asipan is one of just five overall Ohio Valley Conference athletes to advance to the NCAA Championships and will enter the finals with the seventh fastest time in the two preliminary rounds.
The speedster will look to notch the program’s first United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American honor with a top finish at the NCAA Championships. Finishing in the top eight will earn Asipan first team All-American honors while positions ninth through 16th will garner second team honors. The remaining competitors outside of the top 16 will garner honorable mention designations.
Qualifying for the NCAA National Championship is just one of many accomplishments for the senior standout. Asipan is a two-time reigning OVC Cross Country champion while holding numerous school records. On the track along, she currently holds school records in the 1,500m (4:26.3), mile (5:03.6), 3k (9:42.7) and 5k (16:08.4). She has been rewarded for her blazing times by earning three All-OVC first team honors along with a pair of All-Region cross country honors.
“Ann and this first year track program have come so far in such a short amount of time,” said UT Martin head coach Peter Dalton. “We are proud of Ann for representing the program and our school on the national stage. I know she will make us all proud of her performance on Saturday.”
Fans can follow along with links for both live results and live feeds the links above. The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the entire NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship live. The women’s 5k will be broadcast live on the network’s flagship station ESPN while online viewers can watch via ESPN3 or WatchESPN app on mobile or smart devices.