Temple senior hurdler Rachel Clinton headed home to Columbia yesterday for spring break to rehabilitate a pulled hamstring that prevented her from competing in the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships last weekend and possibly from qualifying for the NCAA indoor championships.

"I'm definitely disappointed about that," said Clinton, a former All-Metro first-team indoor and outdoor track selection from Oakland Mills. "It was the closest I'd been to the NCAAs. It [pulled hamstring] just happened Thursday in the last workout. I felt it tighten quickly, and then it happened. That was the end of that."

The ECACs were Clinton's last chance to qualify for the NCAAs this season in the 55- and 60-meter events. Her top times were close (.08 of a second) to reaching the NCAA provisional qualifying mark in both events.

Clinton has recorded season-best times of 7.94 seconds in the 55 meters and 8.52 seconds in the 60 meters.

Now all her NCAA hopes will come down to her final outdoor season.

"I went to Boston last weekend [for ECACs] and attempted to go through my normal warm-up," Clinton said. "But it just wasn't going to work. It was better for me not taking that chance. I should be back in two weeks."

Meanwhile, Clinton has continued to rack up individual honors.

She has earned a third straight Atlantic 10 Conference indoor 55-meter hurdles championship, been named to the All-Atlantic 10 academic indoor track team (3.83 grade point average) for a fifth time and been selected the Athlete of the Month for February.

Cole earns Big Ten honor

Ohio State's Tony Cole (Oakland Mills) was selected as the 2005 Big Ten indoor track and field Freshman of the Year after his 60-meter victory in the conference championships.

Cole was timed in 6.76 seconds to earn his first conference championship. He also was given the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Moore headed to NCAAs

Senior triple jumper Shayla Moore (Long Reach) will be one of two women representing Ohio State in jump events at the NCAA championship this weekend at the University or Arkansas.

Moore took second place in the Big Ten championships with a season-best jump of 43 feet, 2 3/4 inches. It will be her first appearance in the NCAAs.

Et cetera

Sophomore Penn State attacker Lindsay Dutch (Mount Hebron) was chosen as the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week for scoring four goals in a 15-7 season-opening victory over Davidson. Dutch is one of 11 players from the Baltimore area on the Nittany Lions (3-0).

St. Francis (Pa.) freshman Emily Bollinger (Westminster) is a reserve on the Northeast Conference basketball team that is seeking a fourth straight berth in the NCAA tournament.

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