Running her fifth race in the span of two days, Simone Facey reached her second final with a 22.92 runner-up effort in the 200 semifinals at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
Auburn’s Kerron Stewart was the winner of the second heat in 22.52 seconds (0.0) wind.
Porscha Lucas ran 23.31 for sixth place in heat one and didn’t advance to the final. The heat winner was Houston’s Ebonie Floyd in 22.63.
LSU advanced two sprinters to the final – Samantha Henry (22.92) and Sherry Fletcher (23.01) while Texas got in one, Alexandria Anderson (23.18).
Women’s 400 Hurdles – First Round
Jennifer Williams placed sixth in her heat of the 400 hurdles, running a 59.52, and did not advance to the next round. Her time ranked 19th with 16 moving on to the semifinals.
Heat winners included: Nicole Leach, UCLA, 56.39; Latosha Wallace, Arizona State, 56.73; Aleesha Barber, Penn State, 57.82; Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech; 57.83; Ajoke Odumosu, South Alabama, 57.12.
Men’s 400 Hurdles – First Round
Nick Robinson shared the lead in the final heat of the 400 hurdles with Washington’s James Fredrickson. Then in the homestretch Georgia’s Justin Gaymon rushed past for the win in 50.99 ahead of Fredrickson’s 51.12 while Robinson placed third in 51.54 to advance to the second round on time.
Heat winners included: Joe Greene, Albany, 50.64; Rueben McCoy, Auburn, 50.90; Bryan Scott, Texas Tech, 50.31; Isa Phillips, LSU, 51.01; Justin Gaymon, Georgia, 50.99.
Women’s 200 – First Round
Simone Facey and Porscha Lucas advanced to the semifinal of the 200 as automatic qualifiers.
Facey won her heat in 22.83, the third fastest qualifying time, while Lucas finished third in her heat with a 23.27.
Other heat winners included: LSU’s Samanatha Henry (22.85), Virgil Hodge of TCU (22.77), and Kerron Stewart (22.77).
A&M men run season best of 3:02.64 to beat Baylor (3:02.71) in semifinal.
Aggies run the No. 3 performer and No. 4 performance in school history.
It was the fastest time in the three-heat semifinal.
Previous season best for A&M was 3:04.99 from the Midwest Region.
Texas A&M was the final qualifier on time in the women’s 4 x 400 semifinal.
While leading through the middle stages of the race and a majority of the anchor leg, Texas slipped past the Aggies in the final meters of the race to claim the win and the one automatic spot available in the heat.
A&M’s time of 3:32.72 was the fourth qualifier with one heat to go. Penn State was the runner-up in the final heat with a clocking of 3:33.40, which kept the Aggies in the final.