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Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Appalachian State freshmen (from left) Ashton Smith, Tatyana Bryant and Raphael Rojas will compete in the USA Junior Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend.
Trio of Mountaineers Head to USA Junior Nationals
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 06/14/2012 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University track and field will send a trio of freshmen to the 2012 USA Junior Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind. this weekend (June 15-17).

The Mountaineer trio of Tatyana Bryant, Raphael Rojas and Ashton Smith will compete against other top collegiate freshmen from around the country at Robert C. Haugh Track on the campus of Indiana University.

Bryant will compete in the long jump, an event in which she placed second at the 2012 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships with a mark of 19'4.75". She also finished third in the long jump at the SoCon Indoor Championships in February.

Rojas is set to run in the 800-meter run this weekend. He finished in the top five in the 800-meters three times during the outdoor season, including a fourth-place finish at the SoCon Outdoor Championships. He clocked a season-best time of 1:51.91 at the Duke Twilight Invitational on May 6.

Smith is slated to compete in the 10,000-meter run, an event that he ran in March at the Wake Forest Invitational. He finished fourth in Winston-Salem with a time of 32:44.19.

The Apps will begin action when Rojas runs in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run at 4:30 p.m. on Friday with the final set for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Bryant begins the long jump competition at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and Smith will finish things off with the 10,000-meter finals at 8:30 that evening.

For more information on the 2012 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, click HERE.






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