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Rainer ready for first career trip to NCAA Championships
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Rainer, a four-time Atlantic Sun Athlete of the Week, has had quite the senior campaign for the Bucs, leading the ETSU troops to the A-Sun Indoor Championships in February, with wins in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes on his way to being named Track Athlete of the Championship.
The senior also shined at the Outdoor Conference Championships, taking gold medals in both the 100 and 200, while also anchoring the 4x100-meter team to victory.
Rainer has managed a handful of event wins this outdoor season, including victories at Raleigh Relays, Vanderbilt Invitational, and Western Carolina Invitational.
Rainer is the first Buccaneer to qualify for the NCAA Championships since the 2000 season, when past ETSU great Catherine Berry put a stamp on an outstanding career, placing eighth in the 5,000-meters in 16:18.03, good for All-America honors.
Former Buc star Jeff Horton is the last ETSU All-American in the sprinting events after taking ninth place in the 55-meter dash at the 1995 Indoor Championships. The top eight finishers in each event, as well as the top eight Americans in each event receive All-America status.
Rainer will begin competition at NCAAs with the 100 qualifying rounds, on Thursday at 3:50 p.m. PST. The competition continues on Thursday night, with the semi-finals kicking off at 5:35 p.m. PST. The 100 finals are set for Saturday, at 12:42 p.m. PST.