This past weekend saw a member of the George Mason University track team take part in the east preliminaries for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville, Fla.

Annabelle Eastman, a member of the Mason Women’s Track and Field team, participated in the 3000-meter steeplechase becoming the first women’s athlete from the university to participate in the national qualifier. This was Eastman’s first championship appearance in the NCAA and will make another appearance later this year when she will compete in the cross-country event in Eugene, Ore.  

Eastman, a native Melbourne, Australia, had a good showing in the steeplechase event coming in third place in the first heat with a time of 9:54.68. Eastman would advance to the next heat where she would take fifth place overall and earn a sixth-place ranking in the East Region.

It’s been a notable year for the Melbourne native as broke several records during the 2021 track and field season. At the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships Eastman broke the meet record in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal best of 9:53.07. 

Eastman also ran the second-fastest time ever at the A-10 Cross Country Championships which earned her a runner-up finish at the event. This finish would earn Eastman an at-large bid to participate in her upcoming cross-country event and become Mason’s first qualifier for the event since 1996.

“I’m very excited, it feels good to get the big Q,” said Eastman in a release from GMU. “It’s been a long week waiting around for my race but everyone has been so great with keeping the energy up. Thank you to everyone at Mason and back home in Australia for watching and supporting me. See you in Eugene!”

Eastman will represent George Mason at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore. which will be held from June 9-12.

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