EMPORIA, Kan. – The UC San Diego track & field teams competed on day two of the NCAA Division II National Championships and had three more student-athletes advance on to the finals on Saturday.
Sophomores Laiah Blue and Emily McGregor, along with senior Mimi Hodgins each advanced on to Saturday’s finals in their respective events.
Blue had the fifth fastest time in the preliminaries of the 100 meter hurdles, finishing second in heat two with a school record time of 13.86 seconds.
McGregor qualified for the finals in the 5000 meters with her time of 17:55.62 on Friday. She finished fourth in heat two of the event and posted the eighth fastest time of the day in the event.
Hodgins finished second in the women’s 800 meters and earned an automatic qualifier. Her time of 2:11.81 was the eighth fastest time of the day. Hodgins was the National Runner-Up in the 800 meters last year.
The trio of Triton women join Jon Patton and Mike Cunningham in the finals on Saturday as the two male student-athletes from UCSD qualified for the finals in the 400 meter hurdles with solid times on Thursday evening.
Patton was also in action on Friday in another preliminary event, running in the men’s 110 meter high hurdles. His time of 14.40 was the 10th fastest time on the day as the senior finished fouth in heat two. His time was only .05 away from qualifying for Saturday's finals.
Junior Madeleine Flint finished just out of the points for UCSD in the women’s pole vault as her best mark of 11’10.50” was good enough for ninth place. The top eight marks earned All-America status. Flint missed out on the honor by four full inches.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team was also in action on Friday, finishing fifth in heat one with a time of 3:48.22. That mark was the 10th fastest time in the event, just outside the top-eight qualifying times.
In addition to the five UCSD individuals who qualified for their event finals through the preliminary heats, the Tritons will have four others in action on Saturday. Brad Libuit and Briana Hinga will participate in the men’s and women’s javelin, respectively, while Jillian Sola and Sarah Hendy will compete in the women’s discus.