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Trio set for NCAA Championships

Southeast Raleigh High School graduate Wayne Davis leads the fied in the 110-meter hurdles during the Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this spring.
Southeast Raleigh High School graduate Wayne Davis leads the fied in the 110-meter hurdles during the Southeastern Conference Championships earlier this spring.

A trio of former area prep state track and field champions have bigger championships in their sites after qualifying for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which run June 5-9 in Eugene, Ore.

Southeast Raleigh’s Wayne Davis II, Clayton’s Keni Harrison and West Johnston’s Dakota Peachee will all compete later this week at the University of Oregon’s legendary Hayward Field.

Davis ran the fastest collegiate time in the 110-meter hurdles in the NCAA West Preliminary meet at Austin, Texas to qualify for Texas A&M. He posted a run of 13.27 seconds with a 2.1 mph tailwind. Any wind higher than 2.0 mph goes down as wind-aided under international track and field rules.

He set national records in the hurdles for a high school athlete during his career at Southeast Raleigh High and is a part of an Aggie team that is the favorite to win the NCAA team championship.

Davis ran in the 2012 Summer Olympics for Trinidad and Tobago, advancing to the semifinals in the 110 hurdles. Wayne’s parents, Wayne and Anne Marie Davis, are natives of Trinidad and Tobago. Davis won the SEC championship this spring, a year after winning the Big 12 hurdle title. (The Aggies moved into the SEC conference last fall.)

Harrison, a sophomore at Clemson, will also run for national hurdle championships. She finished second in the 100 hurdles at 12.96 in the NCAA East Preliminary at Greensboro, finishing only behind her Clemson teammate Brianna Rollins. Rollins was the NCAA championship runner up last spring.

Harrison also qualified in the 400 hurdles (57.86) and is seeded 10th for the NCAA championships.

Peachee, a senior at High Point University, won his heat of the 3,000 steeplechase in Greensboro at 8:43.46. He led every lap of the race and posted a winning margin of nearly four seconds over Indiana State’s Dustin Betz.

“It’s an amazing feeling to know I won tonight and I'm going to Eugene,” Peachee told highpointpanthers.com. “Everything has been geared toward this. I wanted to get out to the front right away so I wouldn't get caught up on any barriers. The race played out the way I wanted.”

Peachee will be seeded 14th in the race. Henry Lelei of Texas A&M is the top seed (8:27.62).

Television coverage of the championships will be on ESPN. Thursday’s coverage will be online at ESPN3.com, while coverage of the championship finals on Friday and Saturday is on ESPNU.

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