Mortimore Advances to NCAA Championships for Third Straight Year
May 28 2017 by Irving Hamilton
Nilsen remains at the top of the leaderboards headed into the championship meet with his personal best height of 18-9 1/2. At last year's Outdoor Nationals, Hardy became the first male Titan to qualify for nationals (outdoor or indoor) in any track event.
Junior Vanessa Blanchard, an All-American in the high jump last season, is seeded 16 with a qualifying mark of 5-7.
In the day's running preliminary events, six Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals.
Penn State now has 12 student-athletes qualified through to the NCAA Championships in Eugene with several athletes still in contention for those final spots.
Sophomore Alex Lewis and freshman Carley VonHeeder both placed 40th in their respective events.
"Justin's time of 46.48 is an unreal mark in the 400, and he is only getting his weekend started", said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. "I could not be prouder of both of them".
The BYU 4 X 100-meter relay team, ranked at No. 12, is set to run on Saturday. Dendinger's final attempt in finals was a mark of 148-11.
The NCAA Championships are June 7-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Stewart is the first Rebel woman to make it to the NCAA Championships in the hammer throw since Juliana Smith in 2011.
On the men's side, OR qualified Kyrie King and DeMarcus Simpson to the NCAA Championships in the 100, Marcus Chambers in the 400 and Cole Walsh in the pole vault. Kohlwey's time of 13.66 seconds was only two-tenths of a second behind victor Janelle Perry, a sophomore at Ursuline (Ohio) College. Jacklyn Howell also advanced with the third-fastest time of the first round. Even after the second heat had been completed, her time comfortably held up by a margin of well over a second to clinch the NCAA bid.
Freshman Jaron Brooks will kick off the final day of the NCAA East Preliminaries tomorrow in the men's high jump at 4:30 p.m. CT.
The Concordia men got All-America finishes in the discus from Zach Lurz (fourth) and Cody Boellstorff (eighth) to maintain their lead in the team standings as well.