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Frechou, Beans to Compete for National Championships

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A pair of University of South Alabama student-athletes will represent the Jaguars on a national stage when Renaldo Frechou and Kaitlyn Beans travel to Eugene, Ore., this week for the finals of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
 
Held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, the four-day competition will feature the top 24 individuals from across the country in each event as they compete for national titles.  The top eight finishers in all events will earn All-America honors.
 
The Jaguar duo will look to put the finishing touches on a 2014 campaign in which each climbed atop the school record books and was crowned Sun Belt Conference champion in his or her respective event.
 
"Kaitlyn and Renaldo have both worked extremely hard to get to this point," said head track and field coach Paul Brueske.  "They're going up against the best in the country, but they've earned the right to be here.  It's exciting for them to be in this position, and I think both of them have a chance to perform really well this week against some very strong competition."
 
Frechou will be in action on Thursday when he competes in the men's hammer throw, set to begin at 3:30 p.m. (CDT).  The sophomore enters the week as the 15th overall seed after posting a top mark of 64.36m – breaking his own school record for the fifth time this season – and finishing 11th at the East Region Preliminaries two weeks ago.  Frechou is the first member of the Jaguar men's squad to punch his ticket to the national meet since 2007, and only the second men's thrower in school history to qualify.
 
On Friday Beans will take part in the women's triple jump, set to get under way at 5:25 p.m. (CDT).  Entering as the ninth seed overall, the freshman finished seventh in the preliminary round with a 13.18m leap that fell just one centimeter meter shy of her school-record mark.  Beans is the first Jaguar in the history of the men's or women's program to advance to the finals of the NCAA Championships in any of the four jumping events.
 
Final results from both events will be posted on the Jaguar athletics website following the completion of each day's competition.
 
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