May 21, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s Danielle Aromashodu will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 23-25. Aromashodu finished the regular season with the top ranked time in the Sun Belt Conference for the 400 meter hurdles. She holds first place for the conference by more than one second over the next best time.
The junior has been the conference leader in the event for the entire outdoor season. Her current top ranked time of 58.33 was set at the Sun Belt Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 10.
Aromashodu continued to improve her time in the 400 hurdles throughout the outdoor track season. At the University of Miami’s Hurricane Invitational she took second-place with a final time of 1:00.86. She then improved her time by nearly a second at the University of North Florida’s Osprey Invite taking second-place with 59.87.
The following week, Aromashodu bettrered her top ranked time for the conference at the University of Florida’s Florida Relays finishing in 59.57. She then improved her time to 59.22 at the University of Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational.
At the same meet, Aromashodu competed in the women’s 4x400 relay with Anna-Lisa Myers, Valerie Dixon, and Tanisha Coppin, taking first-place at the invitational and putting them in the lead for the conference. She competed with the relay team at the SBC Championships finishing in third with a final time of 3:42.27.
Aromashodu took first-place in the 400 hurdles preliminaries at the conference championship in Miramar Florida on May 12 with a time of 58.68, beating her previously held school record of 59.16 set in 2011. Her 58.33 finish in the finals bettered her school record and earned her first-place for the championships. This was Aromashodu’s third consecutive Sun Belt title in the event which she is currently ranked 13th in the east and 24th in the country for.
Aromashodu competed in her first NCAA preliminaries in 2011 where she finished the 400 meter hurdles in 1:01.61. Last year, she finished sixth in her heat and 34th overall with a time of 1:00.54. Aromashodu missed qualifying for the next round by less than a second.
Twelve competitors from the 400 hurdles advance from both the east and west preliminary championships competition sites to the final championships. The qualifiers from the preliminary round will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 5-8 in Eugene, Oregon.