Natalie Pearson Finishes 24th at NCAA Championships

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior sprinter Natalie Pearson completed her fabulous career at UNC Asheville Thursday night the semifinals of the 200-meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships at Drake University.

Pearson finished 24th in the 200 with a time of 23.99. She did not qualify for Saturday's finals.

"Natalie battled hard but ran against an amazing field," stated Bulldog coach Jesse Norman. "She ran against some people that we will be hearing about in the Olympics and World Championship races over the next few years.

"It's hard to believe Natalie's sprinting career is over at UNC Asheville," added Norman. "She has represented us and taken our program to some amazing places during her career. We are so proud of her and so thankful to have had her compete for us."

The Sheffield, England native was a part of the UNC Asheville Track and Field program for five years and enjoyed an incredible career. She completes her career as the school's record-holder in the 55, 60, 100 and 200 meters.

This past year had Natalie winning the 100 and 200 meters at the Big South Conference championships. She was named Outstanding Track Performer at the Big South Meet in April. Pearson has been named UNC Asheville Female Athlete of the Year the past three years.

"What's next for Natalie is she will go back to England and begin her attempt to qualify for the 2012 Olympics," commented Norman.