Covington Poised for Fourth Straight Trip to NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships

PITTSBURG, KS – Winston-Salem State senior sprinter Raven Covington will cap a stellar indoor track & field career this weekend when she competes in the 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships hosted by Pittsburg State University. For the fourth straight season, Covington will compete for the title in the women's 60m dash.

Covington will once again compete against the top sprinters in the nation after qualifying for the meet with a season-best 7.55 in the women's 60m dash at the 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Indoor Track & Field Championships. Though this is her fourth straight appearance at the national championship meet, Covington will have a new challenge this season after battling through injury for much of the 2016 season.

Covington has qualified for the national championship meet in each season of her stellar collegiate career. Last year, she had her best performance at the national championships when she finished as the national runner-up in the women's 60m dash with a 7.42 in the event finals. Only fellow CIAA sprinter C'Evon Jones was better as she won the national title with a 7.35. In 2014, Covington placed 10th in the event preliminaries with a 7.653 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. As a freshman, Covington placed 16th in the preliminaries with a 7.65.

The 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship Meet will begin on Friday, March 11th at the Robert W. Plaster Center on the campus of Pittsburg State University. The women's 60m dash preliminaries will be held at 3:55 p.m., Friday with the event finals on Saturday at 4:45 p.m.

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