Thursday, May 24, 2012

Verdier, Akande & Hines Advance at NCAA East Regional

Christie Verdier (left) set a new 400 meter PR tonight at the NCAA East Regional, coming third in her heat of the 400 meters and automatically advancing to the next round. Verdier ran 53.28, the 11th fastest time of the day among the 48 competitors, and broke her previous PR of 53.56 set at the Big East meet three weekend ago.

In the 800, Nicky Akande (right) was sitting pretty in 3rd place on the final straight, but began to tie up and was passed by two runners in the final 10 meters. Akande fell across the finish line (just barely crossing the line) to finish 5th in 2:07.55. Because she was out of the top three finishers in her heat, she had to wait to see if she would qualify on time (the next 9 fastest finishers outside the top three would advance). Her time stood up, and Akande was the 5th fastest non-automatic qualifier, thereby advancing to the next round on Friday.

In the men's 400 meter hurdles, junior Nicoy Hines (left) finished a strong 3rd in his heat, running 52.04, and thereby automatically advanced to the next round (which takes place Friday night).

In other action, long jumper Elbert Maxwell leaped 22' 9.75" to finish 37th among the 48 competitors. Freshman Megan Venables contested the 10,000 meters in the final event of Day 1 of the Regional. She came home 30th out of 47 competitors, in 36:15.73. Finally, in the women's javelin, freshman Jamie Klein threw 132' 7" and finished 36th in the field of 47 competitors.

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