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Published 03/01/2013
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Four Canes Trying for NCAA Championships

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Fresh off a solid performance at the ACC Indoor Championships, several members of the University of Miami Track and Field program head back on the road to compete for a spot in the NCAA Championships.

"At this point, to be honest, it's about how much they want to get to the NCAA Championships," Miami director of track and field and cross country Amy Deem said. "That's what these meets are about."

Alaine Tate will head to South Bend, Ind., for the Alex Wilson Invitational on the University of Notre Dame's campus. After an outstanding performance at the ACC Indoor Championships, the junior will compete in the women's 800m at 12:55 p.m. ET on Sat., March 2.

Tate, who transferred to Miami from Hampton University, broke the Miami indoor record in the women's 800m during preliminaries at ACC Indoors. Her preliminary time of 2:06.09 put her in Miami's record books and gave her the opportunity to run in the finals, where she placed second with a time of 2:07.54.

While Tate is running in Indiana, three Canes will head back to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Virginia Tech Qualifier. Isaiah Simmons, Alyssa McClure and Samantha Williams will make their third trip to Rector Field House this season.

Simmons, a redshirt freshman, continued his stellar indoor season by earning an ACC Championship in the men's shot put with a throw of 58' 1.75".

Simmons' season got off to a strong start.  He broke Miami's nearly 12-year-old shot put record at the Kentucky Invitational, his first collegiate meet. Simmons scored his first collegiate victory at the New Mexico Classic and earned an ACC title last Saturday.

McClure also had a strong showing in Blacksburg last weekend, qualifying for the final in the women's 60m and the women's 200m.

The junior finished third in the women's 60m dash with a time of 7.36 seconds, while placing fifth in the 200m with a time of 24.20 seconds. This week, McClure will focus solely on the 60m dash scheduled for 12:20 p.m. on Sat., March 2.

Williams, who has competed in both the triple jump and long jump this season, will focus on her best event at the VT Qualifier.

The senior All-American, who has three Top 3 finishes in the triple jump on the year, will try to regain the form that helped her finish second in the event at this season's Virginia Tech Elite Meet. She also found success in the Auburn Invitational, where she beat out a field of 21 to win the triple jump.

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