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Davidson Provisionally Qualifies for NCAA Indoors on Final Day at Tyson Invitational

Sophomore Mark Davidson provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoors in the 3,000 meters on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.
Sophomore Mark Davidson provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoors in the 3,000 meters on Saturday at the Tyson Invitational.
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Feb. 14, 2009

Complete Results

Fayetteville, Ark. - Sophomore Mark Davidson set a NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 3,000 meters on Saturday to complete a successful weekend for the Tulsa track and field team at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Davidson finished third in the 3,000-meter championship run with a personal-best time of 8:03.81. The time also marks the second-fastest time in school history behind Edwin Henshaw's time of 7:58.82, set in 2007.

Davidson joins senior Dawn Nagazina (800 meters) and sophomore Jennifer Mace (400 meters) as the three Tulsa athletes to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend.

As a team, Tulsa turned in six top-10 performances on the final day of action at the Tyson Invitational. The women's squad was led by freshman Melanie Cleland's sixth-place finish in the 3,000-meter championship run (9:56.93), junior Tayler Rigsby's eighth-place mark in the 800 meters (2:11.00), and sophomore Brianna Steel's fifth-place finish in the high jump (5-01.75).

Sophomore Jennifer Mace also ran the second-fastest time in school history in the 200 meters with a time of 24.15, finishing 13th in the competition.

The men's team received a pair of top-10 performances from freshmen Daniel LePage and Mitch Johnson who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5,000 meters. LePage clocked a time of 15:29.12 and Johnson finished in 15:30.79.

The Tulsa track and field team will take next weekend off before heading to the Conference USA Indoor Championships on Feb. 27-28, in Houston, Texas.