Emory Relays Advance to the Finals at the NCAA D-III Championships
The Emory University women's 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay each qualified for the finals of the events, highlighting the first day of competition for the Eagles at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Claremont, California.
Emory's 4x400-meter relay team of freshman Debora Adjibaba, senior Lauren Attiah, junior Kaele Leonard and senior Alix Dyer qualified for the finals with a school-record time of 3:47.51, besting their own mark set earlier this season. The Eagles qualified for the finals automatically by finishing second in their heat, and had the fifth-fastest time among all of the relays in the event. The finals of the 4x400-meter relay will be held at 9:20 PM ET on Saturday.
The Eagles' 4x100-meter relay team of senior Jasmine McCullough, Dyer, Attiah and Adjibaba also qualified for the finals with the ninth-fastest time of the preliminaries. The relay's mark of 47.52 seconds was the team's third-best mark of the year and the ninth-best time of the preliminaries, as Emory edged the tenth-place team by a hundredth of a second to earn the last spot in the finals. The 4x100-meter finals will be at 5:30 PM ET on Saturday.
For both relays, the top-two in each of the two heats, and the next five-fastest times earned spots in Saturday's finals.
In other action, senior Charlotte Diggs finished in 14th-place in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles. Attiah added a 19th-place finish in the finals of the long jump with a leap of 5.47 meters, while Emory's lone men's competitor, senior Ian Francis, finished 15th in the long jump with a leap of 6.99 meters. Both Francis and Attiah will be competing in the triple jump on Saturday.
Action at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges will continue on Friday, May 25th. Competing for Emory on day two will be sophomore Morgan Monroe in the preliminaries of the women's 100-meter hurdles (8:05 PM ET), and both Dyer and Leonard in the preliminaries of the women's 400-meter dash (8:50 PM ET).