Hurdler and Heptathlete Earn NCAA At-Large Selections

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Per the NCAA announcement Tuesday (May 30) of its final declaration list for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, University of Michigan freshmen Tiffany Ofili (Ypsilanti,Mich../Ypsilanti HS) and Bettie Wade (Northville, Mich./Farmington HS) have extended their seasons and earned at-large invitations to the annual event, slated for June 7-10 in Sacramento, Calif.

The Wolverine competitors, who finished outside the top-five automatic-qualifying positions at last weekend's NCAA Mideast Regional, are looking to be the first hurdler and third heptathlete to earn All-America honors for Michigan. They will join Michigan's middle-distance and distance corps to try to better U-M's shot at the title.

Ofili is the Michigan outdoor record holder in the 100m hurdles (13.37), which is the 24th fastest time on the NCAA performance list. The Ypsilanti, Mich., native, will be making her first appearance at an NCAA Championship meet after falling shy of qualifying for the indoor championships by 0.06 seconds.

Wade currently has the 19th-best point total on the NCAA performance list in the heptathlon with her career-best total of 5,354. During the indoor season, Wade made an appearance at the NCAA Championships in the pentathlon and placed 14th (3,917).

The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place at the Hornets Stadium in Sacramento, Calif., with Sacramento State serving as host. Live television coverage will be offered by CSTV on June 9, while CBS Sports will offer live final-day coverage on June 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.

Contact: Joseph Conrad (734) 763-4423