On the second day of the NCAA Mideast Regional, senior sprinter Lynette Rives (Clarksville, Tenn.) became the first Belmont women’s track and field athlete to earn back-to-back berths to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after her stellar performance in the 200m on Saturday afternoon.
Rives opened the day vying for a chance to move on to Nationals in the 100m. However, the Clarksville, Tenn., native fell short and took eighth in the finals of the event with a time of 11.66. An hour later, she would have an opportunity to redeem herself with another shot at a trip to Nationals within her reach. Rives, the lone senior in the 200m finals, bolted to a third place finish with a time of 23.28 (1.2) to qualify for Nationals.
Rives was excited about the chance to compete at Nationals again. “Coming into the 200m, I was confident in my placement. We got out of the blocks and it was tough coming around the curve but I pushed it out. My race was all guts,” she said. “I am excited for another chance at Nationals.”
“She was really motivated by what happened earlier in the 100m,” said Assistant Women’s Track and Field coach Cameron Harvey. “She was able to refocus for the 200m and put in a good effort. We are all looking forward to going to Nationals next month.”
“Lynette’s effort today was an example of her tough-as-nails attitude and strong work ethic,” said Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field head coach Seth Sheridan.
Rives will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held June 10-13. (photo by Dave Milner)