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Track Central: NCAA Indoor Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Nine track and field student-athletes from Tennessee are scheduled to compete this weekend in the 2022 NCAA Indoor National Championships. The meet is Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham.


ESPN3 will broadcast the encounter live each day, with streams available online via the WatchESPN app. Coverage for both days begins at 4 p.m. ET. Live results for the entire match will be provided by FlashResults.


To qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, a student-athlete must place in the top 16 of their respective event with established marks during the 2021-22 indoor season. See below for a breakdown of Tennessee’s qualifications and where they rank nationally:

Foster Ashe – Men’s 60m Dash – 6.52 (NCAA No. 3)

Emmanuel Bynum – Men’s 200m Dash – 20.67 (NCAA No. 8)

Carey McLeod – Men’s Long Jump – 8.07m / 26-5.75 (No. 3 NCAA)

Carey McLeod – Men’s Triple Jump – 16.33m / 53-7 (NCAA No. 7)

wayne pinnock – Men’s Long Jump – 7.92m / 26-0 (No. 6 NCAA)

West Jordan – Men’s Shot Put – 20.07m / 65-10.25 (NCAA No. 8)

Yariel Soto – Heptathlon – 5,760 (NCAA No. 14)

Men’s 4x400m Relay – 3:04.65 (NCAA No. 10)

Joella Lloyd – Women’s 60m sprint – 7.21 (NCAA No. 11)

Latvia Maines – Women’s Shot Put – 18.00m / 59-0.75 (NCAA No. 5)

Charisma Taylor – Women’s 60m hurdles – 7.93 (NCAA No. 6)

Charisma Taylor – Women’s Long Jump – 6.45m / 21-2 (No. 11 NCAA)

Charisma Taylor – Women’s Triple Jump – 13.90m / 45-7.25 (NCAA No. 4)


One of only two athletes to compete in three events at NCAA championships, newcomer Charisma Taylor is set to represent the Orange and Whites in the women’s 60m hurdles, triple jump and long jump. Taylor has scored in all three SEC events, including winning a silver in the 60mH and a bronze in the triple jump.


McLeod is the third seed in the men’s long jump and the seventh seed in the triple jump entering the NCAA championships. This is the third consecutive season that he has qualified for both events. The native of Kingston, Jamaica is one of two male athletes in the country to compete in both horizontal jump events.

At the SEC meet, McLeod won his second indoor long jump title and finished third on the triple jump podium, and was the only male jumper to medal in both events at the meet. of conference.

West Jordan earned his second national indoor championship bid with eighth place nationally this season in the men’s shot put. The senior threw 20.07m (65-10.25) at the 2022 SEC Indoor Championships to break his school record and become the first Vol to throw 20 yards in the shot put. The SEC pitching won his second silver medal in conference play.

Latvia Maines is competing in his third consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship and is the No. 5 seed heading into the competition.

A three-time SEC shot put champion, Maines broke 18 yards indoors this season at the Music City Challenge throwing 18.00 yards (59-0.75).

Yariel Soto will represent the Vols in the heptathlon at the NCAA this weekend, becoming UT’s first multi-athlete representative at the indoor national meet since Michael Ayers in 2009. Soto finished third in the event at the SEC Championships with a personal best of 5,760.


Tennessee opens its 2022 outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays, hosted by NC State on Thursday, March 24 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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