May 24, 2012

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MARION, Ind. -- Ayla Draper (Visalia, CA) struggled in her first appearance at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

Competing in heat one of the women's 400m hurdle preliminary round, Draper felt off rhythm from the gun.  Suffering through the race, Ayla posted a time of 1:05.96 and failed to advance to the next round.

"It just wasn't her day," said Coach Zach Schroeder.  "It's tough to see it end this way, but she had a good season.  She's only a sophomore, so hopefully we'll be back again next year."

To read a full recap of the first day by the NAIA, click here.