Two Clayton St sprinters headed to NCAA meet

From staff reports

For the second straight season, Clayton State sprinters Brian Etelman and Eric Simmons are headed to the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Track & Field Championships.

Both Etelman and Simmons were selected for the national meet in Abilene, Texas on May 25-28, after qualifying in the 200m and 400m events, respectively. Etelman will enter the 200m race with the event's eighth-fastest time and Simmons will compete in the 400m with the 11th fastest time.

Etelman, a junior from Marietta, qualified for the meet with a school record time of 21.08 earlier this season at the Georgia Invitational in Athens. Earlier this year, he provisionally qualified in the 200m at the 2005 Indoor NCAA Division II National Championships in Boston, and competed in the 60m at the indoor nationals. A sophomore from Carrollton, Simmons is competing in the 400m at nationals for the second straight year. He qualified for this year's meet with a school record time of 47.12 at the Georgia Invitational. Last year, Simmons placed 16th in the 400m as a freshman.

Both Etelman and Simmons along with teammate senior Carlos Guyton were members of the last year's All-America 4x400m relay team that placed sixth in the country at the 2004 national meet in California.

Clayton State had two other runners in Guyton and freshman Allison Kreutzer hit NCAA national meet provisional standards this season, but neither was high enough on the list to make the national meet.

Guyton provisionally qualified in the 200m and was 30th on the list, only to have 24 runners selected. Kreutzer qualified in the 3000m and was 22nd on the list, only to have 16 runners picked.

Clayton State's appearance in the 2005 national meet marks the fourth time in the last five years that the eight-year program has been represented at the Division II National Championships. Last year's sixth place finish by the 4x400m relay team is the highest finish for Clayton State at the outdoor national meet, while Guyton placed fourth and was named an All-America in the 400m earlier this year at the 2005 indoor national meet.