TUESDAY, JUNE 01, 2004
Andrea Pressley Shows Strong at NCAA Track & Field East Regionals

May 30, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - JU senior heptathlete Andrea Pressley (Upper Marlboro, Md.) threw a career-best 139'-04"in the javelin to finish 12th at the NCAA East Regionals in Gainesville, eclipsing her previous best by more than seven feet. Pressley, who is preparing to compete in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships June 9-12 in Austin, Texas, also recorded her fourth-best shot put throw of the season, 46'-06.25", en route to a 22nd-place finish. She was seeded 30th in both the javelin and shot put entering the competition.

Senior sprinter Safiya Davy (Mitchellville, Md.), who has battled injuries the last month of the season, failed to make the finals in the 100-meter hurdles after running a 13.93 in her preliminary heat. Freshman thrower Stephanie Jeffers (Marston Mills, Mass.) placed 29th in the shot put after throwing 44'-05.5", which was her third-best throw of the season. Jeffers had a standout rookie season, including Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman-of-the-Year honors.

Pressley is currently ranked 9th nationally in the heptathlon after winning the Coca-Cola Florida Relays earlier this spring with 5,368 points. She finished first in the 100m hurdles (14.45), 200m-dash (24.66) and long jump (19'05"), while placing among the top-three in 6-of-7 events.

Pressley competed in the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the 21st seed in the heptathlon, finishing the meet ranked 13th overall. She also finished 16th in the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Championships after earning a No. 22 national ranking at the end of the season.