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July 3, 2006

Virginia school-record holder Erin Crawford, who earned All-American honors last month in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 400-meter hurdles, has been named to the USA team for the 2006 NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) Athletics Championships. She will compete on Friday, July 7 at 10:45 am. Crawford set the school record with her 56.87, which she ran in the finals of the NCAA Championships where she finished fifth.

The U.S. Under-23 team was chosen based on the most recent USATF and Track and Field News rank-order list for all age-eligible athletes, who, according to NACAC regulations, must be 20, 21 or 22 years old during the 2006 calendar year. Only two athletes per event were eligible for selection to the U.S. team provided they meet the necessary qualifying standards. The standard for the 400-meter hurdles was 62.00, a mark surpassed by Crawford in all of her races in 2006.

“This is a great opportunity for Erin to represent the U.S. in international competition,” said Virginia head coach Randy Bungard. “This is her first U.S. team and a nice crowning achievement on a fantastic season. I’m very proud of what she has done this year”.

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