HPU’s Peachee advances to NCAA steeplechase final
High Point University senior Dakota Peachee will run in the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championship today at 8:40 p.m. (EDT) at historic Hayward Field in Eugene Ore. The race will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.
Peachee became the first HPU men’s track & field athlete to qualify for an NCAA final on Wednesday when he placed fifth in his semifinal heat at Hayward Field. Peachee finished in 8:45.81 and earned an automatic qualifying spot for the final as the top five finishers in each semifinal advanced.
The top eight finishers in the final will score in the meet and earn All-America status.
The trip to Eugene came off Peachee’s win at the NCAA Preliminary on May 24 in Greensboro, N.C. Peachee ran his career best time of 8:43.46 to win his heat and automatically qualify for the semifinals.
Earlier this spring, Peachee won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and placed third in the 1,500-meter at the Big South Championship. He initially broke the HPU record in the steeplechase with his time of 8:46.69 to win the Virginia Challenge on May 11.
FONTAINE PROMOTED TO HPU WOMEN’S SOCCER ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH
HIGH POINT — High Point University women’s soccer head coach Marty Beall announced on Thursday that Brandi Fontaine has been promoted to the position of associate head coach. Fontaine has worked for the past four seasons as an assistant coach under Beall at HPU.
Fontaine joined the Panthers along with Beall prior to the 2009 season and has helped oversee the most successful stretch in program history. In four seasons, High Point has won back-to-back Big South Tournament Championships in 2009 and 2010 and Big South Regular Season titles in both 2010 and 2012.