Men’s Track & Field
The NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship start lists have been published, and sophomore Tim Harris is seeded seventh in the 800-meters to make his first appearance at the national meet.
Harris ran 1:47.99 in the 800 meter run at the St. Valentine’s Invite in Boston to qualify provisionally for the meet. That mark broke an 11-year school record and was the top collegiate finisher at that meet.
Harris won the 800-meter at the ACC Indoor Championships. He qualified first in preliminaries and finished the finals in 1:49.12, winning by over a second. It was Harris’ second All-ACC performance, along with his second place finish in 2005.
The NCAA Championships are on March 10 to 11 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Women’s Track & Field
Five individual competitors and the 4×400 relay team are slated to compete for the No. 8 University of Miami at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
The ‘Canes are led by jumpers Tabia Charles and Brenda Faluade. Charles automatically qualified in both the long and triple jump and she is seeded second in both. Charles is coming off a victory in the triple jump at the ACC Indoor Championships and a second-place finish in the long jump where she broke the school record.
Faluade qualified in the long and triple jump as well. Faluade finished third in the triple jump at the ACC Indoor championships to earn all-ACC honors.
The other individual competitors for the Hurricanes are sprinters Charlette Greggs, Dominique Darden and Ginou Etienne.
The 4×400 meter relay team is seeded sixth, after running a 3:33.47 at the Tyson Invitational on the same track that the championship are run on.
Junior guard Guillermo Diaz was named second-team All-ACC for the second consecutive season, and senior guard Robert Hite earned third-team All-ACC honors from the league’s media on Monday.
Diaz has started all 29 games this season and is averaging a team-high 17.3 points to go with 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He has led the team in scoring 16 times this season and ranks 11th on UM’s career scoring list with 1,392 points.
A two-time first-team All-District 6 selection by the NABC, Diaz ranks sixth in the league in scoring, seventh in free throw percentage and fifth in three-point field goals per game.
Against Florida State on Sunday he scored 16 points becoming just the fourth Hurricane since Miami reinstated basketball in 1985 to record 500 points in back-to-back seasons.
Hite, who was an honorable-mention All-ACC selection last season, has also started all 29 games this season. He ranks second on the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game, and is the team-leader in steals (45).
His 5.4 rebounds per game average ranks second in the ACC among players under 6-5. Hite ranks sixth on UM’s career scoring list with 1,637 points and has led the team in scoring 26 times. He also leads the team with 22 dunks this season.
Hite has continued to rise in many of UM’s career statistical categories including steals (5th), free throw percentage (2nd), three-point field goals (3rd), three-point field goal percentage (3rd) and games started (5th).
Hite, who was also named first-team All-District 6 by the NABC this season, connected on four three-point field goals against Florida State becoming the first player in UM history to record 70-or-more three-point field goals in consecutive seasons.