FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Only two athletes from a group of seven A&M sprinters running at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville were able to improve on their provisional times during a Last Chance qualifying meet hosted by Arkansas.
Justin Oliver won his heat of the 400 and posted the fastest time of three heats with a time of 46.73 seconds, which slightly bettered his 46.77 recorded at the Big 12 Championships.
Khrystal Carter improved her time in the 200 to 23.75 in placing second to Florida’s Nadine Palmer (23.42). Carter improved her time from a 23.79 she recently ran at the Big 12 Indoors.
Not quite able to improve on already established provisional times were Jennifer Williams, an 8.40 winner in the 60 hurdles; Katie Baker, who was second in the 400 with a 54.09; Elizabeth Adeoti, third in the 200 at 24.25; Alfred Robinson, runner-up in the 400 at 46.95; and Richard Abu-Bobie, who attempted the 60 (6.82 prelim, 6.76 final) and 200 (21.38).
Distances races at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame didn’t pan out as well for the Aggies.
In a distance medley race in which three teams achieved automatic qualifiers under 9:34 and there were an additional 15 provisional marks attained between times of 9:34.54 and 9:45.00, A&M ran a 9:58.83. In the women’s 5,000 meters Merideth Snow placed ninth in 17:31.17.
Field sizes in the various events contested at the NCAA Indoor Championships will be determined by Monday evening at 6 p.m. The meet will by hosted by the University of Arkansas on March 9-10.