Former Comet Tyerman makes it to nationals

Former Crater High distance standout Kayleigh Tyerman has qualified for the NCAA championships.

Tyerman, a junior at Florida State, was one of 21 Seminoles to advance from the NCAA East Preliminary meet Saturday.

Tyerman finished second in her heat and third overall in the 5,000 meters with a personal-best time of 16:06.28. Her effort was made even sweeter when she zoomed past three-time NCAA cross country champion Sheila Reid of Villanova with 600 meters to go.

"I can't believe it," said Tyerman, one of six FSU women's distance runners headed to the championships June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. "I love FSU. I have all these girls around me just running at an amazing level. It puts so much confidence in you. That's the team I run with and I want to be a part of this and you just go with it for these girls."

Meanwhile, former North Medford runner Drew Jordan of Washington State didn't make it out of the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas. The redshirt freshman was 12th in his heat of the 5,000 and 18th overall with a time of 14:31.02.

The top 12 advanced to nationals.

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