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Posted by Coach Castell on December 01, 2008
From ashes to Ash's ... Ronnie named All-America performer

Ronnie Ash finished third in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championships

June 14, 2008

Des Moines, Iowa - After finishing fourth in the semifinals on Friday evening, Bethune-Cookman University freshman track performer Ronnie Ash placed third overall on Saturday in the finals of the men's 100m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was shown live across the nation on CBS.

Ash turned in a season second-best personal performance on Saturday at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University--host site of the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. His time of 13.59 seconds was good enough for the freshman from Raleigh, N.C. to finish third overall in the finals.

The third place time was also good enough for Ash to collect All-America honors--finishing as the first freshman All-American in Bethune-Cookman University track & field recorded history. The last All-American performer for Bethune-Cookman University came back during the Indoor season in 2006 when Lewis Brown earned the status following an eighth place finish in the 2006 NCAA Championships in the triple jump.

"This is an enormous feat for Ronnie, as well as Bethune-Cookman University track & field program," expressed head coach Wildcats Garfield Ellenwood immediately following the race. "Ronnie performed very well this year as a freshman, and I just can't wait for him to get even better as a sophomore and beyond. He truly has great things coming to him in the future."

Ash's time of 13.59 was behind second place competitor Ty Akins (13.46) of Auburn and first place finisher Jason Richardson (13.40) from the University of South Carolina. Richardson had held the top time throughout the nation for the entire outdoor season.

Ash turned in his best time of the season back in the NCAA East Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. when he ran a 13.44 in the finals to finish second--behind Jason Richardson.

"This is a great feeling, and I really thank my coaching staff for all they've done to help me get to this point," expressed Ash. "I am very happy about getting third as a freshman, but at the same time I know what I need to work on in order to finish first next time. This is a great starting point, and I'm excited about my career at Bethune-Cookman."