BRADENTON, Fla. - University of California San Diego's Claudia Cox finished in 20th place in the 400-meter hurdles on the first day of the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships Thursday at IMG Academy Stadium.
The three-day competition is co-hosted by the University of Tampa and IMG Academy. UC San Diego has a total of three student-athletes present at this year's meet.
Cox, a freshman making her NCAA Championships debut, crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03.76, placing seventh in her heat. She finished directly behind Benedict's Lea Tshikaya (1:02.39). The top finisher was Tia-Adana Belle of St. Augustine's with a time of 57.20. The top-eight athletes advanced to Saturday's finals. Cox was one of four freshman in the event.
"Claudia finished in 20th place, which matched her ranking coming into the meet," said head coach Darcy Ahner. "While she was looking for more, it's a phenomenal accomplishment to qualify and compete as a freshman. I have no doubt she will be ready to come back next year and get on the podium."
On Friday, May 26, senior Savanna Forry will compete in the high jump at 2:05 p.m. PT. Senior Chrissi Carr will round out the competition for UCSD in the pole vault Saturday, May 27 at 11:30 a.m. PT. There will be select live streaming video for all field events via NCAA.com. Live results are available here.