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APSU track star shatters own record, qualifies for NCAA event

February 11, 2002

Sheena Gooding is at it again. The first-time All-American ran the 800 meters this winter, shattering her own APSU indoor record at the McDonald's Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.

She ran away from the field with an NCAA automatic qualifying 2:06.7 time in her specialty, far better than the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:07.34. It also shattered her previous indoor best time of 2:08.17.

This year's NCAA Indoor Championships will be held March 8-9 at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. Gooding's championship-qualifying time also was more than 12.5 seconds better than the runner-up time at SIU.

"She was absolutely phenomenal," APSU coach Elvis Forde said. "It is incredible, because this is the first time she has run it (800-meters) this year. She was just flying out there."

Gooding participated in last season's NCAA Indoor Championships but failed to place. However, it was totally different story in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her fifth-place finish was the highest of any underclassmen, and it earned her All-America track honors.