Peake Places 9th at NCAA Indoor Championships
March 8, 2013FAYTETTEVILLE, Ark. - Erica Peake improved on her Coastal Carolina and Big South Conference-record time in the 200 meters Friday night while placing ninth overall at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Complex.
Peake clocked a time of 23.40 in the event's preliminary round, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the final by one spot. Christy Udoh of Texas was eighth in the preliminaries with a time of 23.31.
As a result of reaching the NCAA meet, Peake earned second team All-American honors. She is the fourth Coastal Carolina woman to achieve indoor All-American status, joining Jolene Williams, Amber Campbell and Chasity Johnson. The top eight finishers at the NCAA meet are named first-team All-Americans.
"We're extremely proud of Erica finishing ninth in the nation and being a second-team All-American," head women's coach Alan Connie said. "She leads by example and we can't wait for the outdoor season for her and for the team."
Running in the first of four preliminary heats, Peake trimmed .07 seconds off her time from last week's Virginia Tech Final Qualifier and placed third behind Texas A&M's Ashton Purvis and Clemson's Dezerea Bryant. Udoh recorded her time in the second heat.
The meet concluded a spectacular indoor season for Peake. In addition to setting new Big South records in the 60 and 200, the senior from Spartanburg totaled eight combined individual event titles in the 60, 200 and long jump, including sweeping all three at the conference meet, which duplicated her performance at last year's Big South outdoor event. She broke her own CCU record in the 200 three different times and set new school-marks in the 60-meter dash twice while running personal-bests in the events at every indoor meet.
"This season was unbelievable," said associate head coach Tim Vaught, who worked closely with Peake after joining the program last fall. "She sat down with me and said 'I've never been to nationals and I really want to go this year' and I could see her develop into that national-caliber athlete. She ran faster and faster every weekend."