JACKSONVILLE, FL – University at Buffalo women's middle-distance specialist Asia Henry earned a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships as the second day of the East Region Preliminary Round came to a close at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.
Henry finished second in her heat and fourth overall among the 27 quarterfinalists in the 800-meters. She turned in a finish of 2:04.99, using a strong finishing kick to move into the second slot as the top three finishers in each heat automatically advance to Nationals. Henry's time was less than two-tenths of a second off the UB record set by Allison Laske in 2004 (2:04.81). Henry reached the quarterfinal round after placing eighth in the first round heats in 2:06.34. The NCAA National Championships will be June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA.
"A fantastic day for UB," said women's head coach Vicki Mitchell. "Asia ran a strong race all around. We are so proud of her accomplishments. She had taken three seconds off her time in the last two days which is simply incredible. This is a testament to her work ethic and tenacity."
"This young lady has come a long way throughout the outdoor season. She finally put it together at the first round of the NCAA Championships. She has more potential to become the first female runner to become an All-American," said Henry's coach Perry Jenkins.
Anna Holmes was unable to advance past the quarterfinals of the women's 400-meter hurdles. Holmes finished 27th overall and ninth in her heat in 1:01.15. She turned in a first round time of 59.51 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Brooklynn Ventura finished 37th in the women's 100-meter hurdles on Friday. Ventura was seventh in her first round heat and finished in 13.70.