Junior Quinton Harley qualified for the NCAA national quarterfinal in the 400-meter hurdles.
May 24, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - East Carolina junior Quinton Harley's season will continue as he qualified for the NCAA national quarterfinal with a season-best 51.16 in the 400-meter hurdles Thursday evening - the opening day of the NCAA East Preliminary at Hodges Stadium.
With the top three runners in each of the six heats and the next six fastest times earning spots in Friday's quarterfinal, Harley assured his spot by finishing fifth in heat five. He will run for a berth in the national semifinal tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Senior Rebecca Cooper missed moving onto the NCAA Outdoor Championships by the slimmest of margins, falling to 13th on the sixth and final throw of the javelin. She posted a mark of 44.81 meters and needed to finish in 12th place to qualify for Drake. Teammate Krista Vincent ended up 42nd with a mark of 38.31 meters.
In the first event of the day, senior Sam Barnhardt and junior Matthew McConaughey took 24th and 25th place and recorded respective 61.72 and 61.54-meter marks before junior Montrell Morrow finished 23rd in the discus at 51.58 meters. Rounding out the field events for Thursday was junior Tiffany Harris who captured 24th (5.94 meters) in the long jump.
Sophomore Jakub Trzasalski was the other track Pirate in action Thursday. He clocked in at 1:51.02 in the 800-meter run to place 27th - three spots behind the cut line for Friday qualification.
East Carolina begins its participation Friday with the men's hammer at 10:00 a.m. Morrow and senior Dennis Aliotta will both participate in the event. Junior All-America and three-time defending Conference USA outdoor high jump champion Tynita Butts is scheduled to compete at 5:00 p.m.