JACKSONVILLE, FL – Competition began Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Region Preliminary Round with several University at Buffalo athletes in action at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.
Anna Holmes advanced to Friday's quarterfinal round after she placed 21st in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Holmes finished in 59.51 seconds and placed fourth in her heat. The top three finishers in each heat plus the next nine fastest times moved into tomorrow's quarterfinal, slated for 7:45 pm. The field will be whittled on Friday to 12 who will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Des Moines, IA in two weeks.
Asia Henry also qualified for the Friday quarterfinals with her eighth-place finish in the women's 800-meters. Henry finished in 2:06.34, as the fastest of the fourth-place heat finishers. She also sliced 1.15 seconds from her previous season-best mark set on April 15 at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic. The 800-meter quarterfinals will be Friday at 7:15 pm.
Also on the track, Will Cole finished 36th in the men's 400-meter hurdles in 53.78.
Men's javelin thrower Jacob Sunday finished 28th and did not advance past the first round. He turned in a top throw of 198-11 (60.65m) on his third and final attempt of the opening round. Sunday also produced throws of 174-2 (53.10m) and 184-7 (56.27m) in his first and second attempts.
Corey Knox also finished 28th in the men's discus. Knox's best throw came on his first attempt with a toss of 167-11 (51.20m). Knox fouled on his second attempt and 155-1 (47.27m) on his third attempt.
Women's shot putters Kristy Woods and Rachel Roberts finished 36th and 45th, respectively, on Thursday. Woods finished with a best throw of 46-7.50 (14.21m) while Roberts turned in a throw of 44-8.75 (13.62m).
In all the field events, the top 16 advanced to the second round of competition with the top 12 finishers advancing to Des Moines.
Competition continues through Saturday.