Hanany Breezes Through NCAA Qualifying Round

It only took two jumps for UTEP’s Mickael Hanany to move into the finals of the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday.

“I felt really good and ready. I did what I had to do and that was it. I made the final,” said Hanany. “It has been so long since I felt that easy going. Now I don’t have to think about technique, I just have to jump.”

The All-American eased over bars of 6-10 3/4 (2.10) and 7-0 1/4 (2.14) on his first attempt. He passed at the opening height of 6-8 3/4 (2.05).

He will be one of 16 jumpers in the final on Saturday.

Hammer throwers Kaisa Kiintonen and Nina Schvedoff did not share Hanany’s success. Kiintonen was 17th -- five spots off qualifying for the finals -- with a throw of 186-2 (56.75). Schvedoff was 23th with a throw of 180-1 (54.90).

El Paso Irvin graduate Correy Harrison made his first NCAA appearance in the opening round of the discus and failed to advance. He had a best throw of 170-10 (52.06).

After advancing through the trials of the 800-meter run, Fatimoh Muhammed’s path to the finals was halted. She ran seventh in her semifinal heat with a time of 2:06.98.

Later in the evening freshman Japheth Ng'ojoy took 25th in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 30:56.16.

The Championships continue through Saturday.

The remainder of UTEP's schedule at the NCAA Championships follows:

Friday, June 10
7:50 p.m. - 3000 steeplechase FINAL (Bogdan, Mutai)
9 p.m. - javelin FINAL (Evans)

Saturday, June 11
5 p.m. - high jump FINAL (Hanany)
8:50 p.m. - 5000-meter run FINAL (Samoei)

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