HUNTSVILLE -- A week ago, Sam Houston State hammer thrower Chris Cralle missed advancing to the NCAA National Championship by one inch. His throw of 203 feet, seven inches placed him sixth at the Midwest Regional in Lincoln, Neb. The top five competitors in each regional automatically earned a spot in the championships.
However, two days ago, Cralle learned he will get a chance to compete. Dimitrios Fylladitakis, from UTEP finished second last week, but had to withdraw from the championship because of an injury. That moved Cralle up to the fifth spot, earning him the automatic qualification.
Cralle (Soph., College Station) was the winner of the hammer throw this year at the Southland Conference Championship.
He will join two other Bearkat athletes competing this week in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-14.
SHSU men’s hurdler Lane Dennis received and at-large invitation to compete next week in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championship.
Dess Meek, who won the gold medal in the high jump at the NCAA Division I regional championships last Saturday, was an automatic qualifier.