Martinez and Harrison punch their tickets
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior Andrea Harrison and freshman Shea Martinez punched their tickets to the NCAA Championship Friday night in the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships - West Preliminary.
“I am very happy for Shea and Andrea,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “They did a masterful job and battled hard. Shea ran like a veteran rather than a freshman and qualified on her time. Andrea ran a smart race and paced it perfectly to get the automatic qualifier.”
After setting a personal record on Thursday, Martinez finished fourth in her heat and 10th overall posting a time of 2:06.13 in the 800 meter.
Harrison came in seeded No. 8 in the steeplechase and held true to form finishing eighth with a time of 10:10.759, only .003 seconds behind seventh place.
Senior Curtis Carr who entered as a favorite for the men’s steeplechase led for most of his heat, but hit his knee on a barrier and was not able to finish the race at full strength.
Freshman Mark Carlson set a new personal best with a 50.98 in the 400-meter hurdles finishing 14th, just two spots out of a qualifying time.
On the women’s side, BYU has athletes competing in the high jump and hammer throw Saturday. The men will compete for top-12 spots in the 5,000-meter race, the 4x400-meter relay, the discus throw and the triple jump. Live stats and a schedule of events can be found at the NCAA.com.
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