Senior will face some of the world’s best in Albuquerque
NEW ORLEANS – Hurdler Alexia Fortenberry of the University of New Orleans will compete in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, March 3-5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The Harvey, Louisiana native is the first student-athlete from the University of New Orleans to qualify for the indoor nationals during the tenure of head track and field coach Benjamin Dalton.
“It’s a really big deal for UNO and of course for Alexia going forward,” said Dalton. “It’s a chance to run against some of the best in the world and an opportunity to run really fast. All you have to do is hang on to some shirt tails.”
Fortenberry will compete against some of the best in the world, including 100-meter hurdles world record holder Kendra Harrison, whose 12.20 seconds time last summer smashed a 28-year old mark set by Bulgaria’s Yordanka Donkova.
The West Jefferson High School grad has turned in winning performances with personal records in her last three races. On Feb. 9 she won the 60 meter hurdles at the Dunamis I Meet in 8.39 seconds. The following day she blazed to an 8.29 clocking at the Dunamis II Meet in Frisco, Texas. One week later (2-17-17), Fortenberry crossed the finish first at the LSU Twilight Meet in Baton Rouge with another season’s best of 8.26 seconds.
Fortenberry did not compete in the Southland Conference Championships in Birmingham, Alabama last week after suffering a concussion. She has recovered and is ready to go.
“I’m excited about going! I’ve had good competition this season but of course nothing like this. I can’t wait to go because it’s a different world,” said Fortenberry.
The University of New Orleans will host this year’s Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, May 12-14 at Tad Gormley Stadium here in New Orleans.