Collin Harden Advances to NCAA Quarterfinals in 400m Hurdles

Marshall had three NCAA East Preliminary Championship qualifiers, which was the most since 2013 (four).

Five other Bobcats competed Thursday. Jacklyn Howell also advanced with the third-fastest time of the first round.

The field of 12 runners stayed tightly packed through the first 800 meters, and Hutchinson was in fourth place based on the splits at 300 meters and 700 meters.

The 100-meter hurdle quarterfinals are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The reigning ACC champion qualified for her first NCAA championship event with a school record time of 9 minutes, 52.89 seconds. “If she can get back to a low time in the 58’s she’ll make it into the top 12”. Borofski was named to the USTFCCCA All-East Region team as a cross country runner finishing as the first freshman in the NCAA East Regional Championship, crossing the finish 11th. Sophomore Dreshanae Rolle did not finish. Caddick was in fifth as the race moved into the final 100 meters, but he found another gear and closed strong to lock up the third and final automatic qualifying spot for his heat. Her season-best of 34:44.39 this year ranks 44th regionally. Also competing for the Tigers will be Alexcia Deutscher in the javelin throw at 11:30 a.m. ET (10:30 a.m. CT) and Kolt Newell in the high jump at 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. CT). Kibet ran like a seasoned veteran even though he’s only in his first year. The senior did not qualify for Saturday’s final.

The NCAA Track and Field Championship schedule will run from Thursday, May 25 to Saturday, May 27. Last year, the senior finished 12th overall at the NCAA preliminaries in the 400m. He attempted the 5.35-meter mark (17 ft., 6.5 in.), but failed to make the clearance on all three attempts. He won his heat by 0.19 seconds and trailed only Reubin Williams (Alabama), Nick Anderson (Kentucky) and Marcus Neely (Indiana State) in the overall standings. Weimerskirch placed sixth in the meet to become North Dakota State’s first Division I NCAA Championships qualifier in the women’s hammer.

On the women’s side, Shea Collinsworth punched her ticket for the next round in the 800m with a 2:07.64.

The school-record holder’s time was the second fastest of her career.

The duo stood atop the NCAA men’s and women’s pole vault standings for three weeks during the outdoor season. Brooks will also compete in the 400-meter final 1 ½ hours before the 200-meter final. NCAA Championships will then be held June 7 through 10 in Eugene, Oregon.

Tony Brown