Friday, May 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Jacksonville seniors Bienna Freeman and Joane Pierre both finished in the top three of their 800m semifinal heats Friday to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Pierre was the first to run in heat one and finished with a time of 2:06.71 to finish third and earn the automatic qualifier to the Championships in Eugene, Ore. Freeman followed with a 2:07.46 in the third and final heat to finish third and join Pierre in advancing to the next round.
Jacksonville joined LSU as the only school sending two athletes to the final rounds in the 800m.
In the first round of the 100m hurdles, sophomore Shanique Walker recovered after stumbling on the first hurdle to finish second in her heat with a time of 13.33 to automatically advance to the next round. She will race Saturday in the semifinals for her chance to join Freeman and Pierre at the Championships.
Atlantic Sun Track Athlete of the Year Courtney Walker competed in the preliminary round of the 200m and finished fifth in her heat. Her time of 24.00 was 27th overall and did not qualify her for the next round of competition.
For the second straight year, the Dolphins will have at least one representative at the NCAA Championships.
Lipscomb had two track and field athletes compete on Friday. Both of those athletes moved on in their respective event. Madi Talbert became the first Lady Bison to qualify for the NCAA Nationals while Tucker Peabody qualified for the quarterfinal round of the East Region.
Talbert, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., crushed the school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She crossed the finish line fourth in her heat and 12th overall in 10:11.21.
Talbert, running in the second heat, held onto the final transfer spot through the third heat where Esther Vermeer of Duke finished in 10:11.94.
Peabody, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., finished third in his heat and eighth overall in 20.84 seconds. Peabody entered the meet with the 11th fastest time in the East Region.
To join Talbert in Oregon, Peabody needs to finish in the top three of the quarterfinal heat or be one of the next three fastest. He is scheduled to run at 6:50 p.m. Saturday
ETSU's Demetria Edgecomb crossed the line in the 100m hurdles in 13.71 to place 35th overall.
Kennesaw State's Alicia Whittle and Cynthia Davis completed their time at the East Preliminaries as they raced in the 200m. Whittle came in 43rd and Davis followed in 44th overall.