Rotich Punches Ticket to NCAA Championship
May 25, 2013
Austin, Texas – Running in the last event of the night was sophomore Anthony Rotich and he sealed the second day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round earning a spot in the NCAA Championships.
The distance runner was unstoppable as he dashed out and paced the first heat of the men’s 3,000m steeplechase. The sophomore was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 8:37.49. Rotich concluded the meet third overall and will be making his fourth NCAA Championship appearance.
Janice Jackson once again stole the spotlight in the 100 hurdles taking the track in the last heat of the night. The junior finished second overall and first in the sixth heat posting a time of 13.43.
Teammate Brianna McGhee was the first Miner to earn a spot in the quarterfinals on Friday. The freshman was the third competitor to cross the finish line in the first heat of the 100m hurdles clocking in a time of 13.82. The hurdler concluded the race 16th overall out of 47 runners. The duo will take the track tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. (CT) in the finals.
Senior Yolanda Suggs had to double up racing in the 100m quarterfinal and 200m first round. The sprinter did not advance to the national meet in the 100m as she registered a time of 11.88 finishing 16th overall.
Suggs did however secure a spot in the 200m quarterfinals registering a time of 23.86 taking fourth in the fourth heat and placing 20th overall.
Falling short of making it to nationals in the 400m was junior Abiola Onakoya. The sprinter was 18th with a time of 47.01, but only the top 12 qualify to the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Ore. The junior will be running again tomorrow night in the men’s 4x400m relay scheduled at approximately 9:45 p.m.
After a long day filled with delay, sophomore Taylor Gunn was the only individual to represent the Miners on the field. The thrower was the only competitor to complete all three attempts in the discus before the meet was postponed. Her second toss checked in at 46.12m (151-04), but it wasn’t enough to advance to the finals.
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