KSU's Haugh and Liberty's Perlaza Zapata Set for IAAF World Championships

KSU's Haugh and Liberty's Perlaza Zapata Set for IAAF World Championships

IAAF Meet Central

ATLANTA, Ga. – Former Kennesaw State student-athlete Daniel Haugh and current Liberty senior Alejandro Perlaza Zapata both compete this week in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Track and Field Outdoor World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Haugh competes in the hammer throw qualification round today at 9:30 AM ET. In the qualification round, he will need to land a toss of at least 76.50m or finish in the top-12 to advance to the finals on October 2. He qualified for the World Championships by finishing third at the USATF Outdoor Championships with a toss of 76.44m (250-9) in Des Moines, Iowa, back in July. The Marietta, Ga., native made history as Kennesaw State's first Division I NCAA National Champion when he won the title in the hammer throw in June in Austin, Texas.

Perlaza Zapata competes in the men's 400 and 4 x 400 relay for Colombia at Khalifa International Stadium. The men's 400 heats begin today at 9:35 AM ET. He represents Colombia at the third consecutive track & field global championship after running in the 4 x 400 relay at both the 2016 Olympics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and the 2017 IAAF World Championships (London, United Kingdom). He is making his global championship debut in the 400 and is also looking to qualify for a global final for the first time. Most recently, he helped Colombia capture the gold medal in the men's 4 x 400 relay at the Pan American Games, Aug. 10, in Lima, Peru.

The World Athletics Championships is a biennial, global athletics competition organized by the IAAF. This year's event is the 17th edition and is the first time it has been held in the Middle East.

The meet can be followed on NBC and its family of networks and via the IAAF Meet Central, which has live results, radio broadcasts and athlete stats available.