Tech Adds Four More to NCAA Championships
May 27, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 5 Red Raiders and No. 18 Lady Raiders track teams added four more to the NCAA Outdoor Championship lists with two in the 400M and two in the 400M hurdles.
"I thought we had another good day today," head coach Wes Kittley said. "Both men and women short hurdlers advanced and it was a good day out of the 400M hurdle guys. Candace (Jackson) ran a good race to make the championships as well. You are going to have some bad with the good but on the men's side we kept things together to get everybody to nationals. We just have to stay the course for tomorrow."
Candace Jackson will make her first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in an individual event. The sophomore ran a 53.52 in the women's 400M and secured the final time qualifier for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Jackson was on last year's 4x100M and 4x400M relays that earned All-American.
Gil Roberts advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400M by placing third in his heat with a time of 46.32. He will be making his second appearance at the 400M at the national meet. Latoy Williams ran a 46.66 but did not make the final cut for Des Moines, Iowa.
All three of the Red Raider 110M hurdlers advanced to the quarterfinals by earning one of the top three spots in their race. Omo Osaghae won his heat with a 13.84 while Shane Brathwaite (13.70) and Brandon Tucker (13.79) both crossed the line in second in their respective heats.
Katie Grimes and Kelsey Lloyd both advanced to the quarterfinals of the 100M hurdles. Grimes grabbed an automatic berth by placing third in her heat with a 13.63. Lloyd grabbed the final time qualifying spot with her time of 13.73. Jamie Simanek ran a 14.54 but did not advance.
Gilbert Limo jumped over barriers and water to a time of 9:00.19 in the 3000M steeplechase. He placed seventh in his heat and his time did not qualify him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Shade Weygandt did not compete in the women's pole vault due to an injury.
Competition for Tech starts tomorrow in the women's discus throw at 10 a.m. (PST).