FAYETTVILLE, Ar. – UTEP’s Jevaughn Powell will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships after posting a career best in the 400-meter dash on day three at the West Prelims at John McDonnell Field at the University of Arkansas on Friday.
Powell raced out to a first-place finish in Heat 3, clocking in a personal-best 44.87. The sophomore sensation posted the second-best time overall behind Texas’ Jonathon Jones (44.85). Powell’s time also moved up to no. 3 on the program’s all-time list, ranking behind Emmanuel Korir (44.53 – 2017) and Bert Cameron (44.58 – 1981).
It will mark Powell’s second consecutive trip to Track Town USA after competing in the 4×400 relay last year. It’s also the second straight season that UTEP will have a student-athlete competing at nationals in the 400 after Sean Baily did so in 2021.
Ned Azemia clocked in a personal-best 51.11 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, but came up three spots short of advancing to nationals (15th overall). The Olympian also moved into UTEP’s record books as his time now rank no. 10 on the all-time list.
Aleks Hristov came up short in the men’s discus with his 54.54-meter (178-11) mark on his third attempt. The sophomore came in 15th place, falling three spots short of competing in Eugene. Hristov advanced to nationals during his freshman season in 2021.
The men’s 4×100-meter relay team (Dennis Johnson, Jevaughn Powell, Karon Dean, Jalen Cadet) placed 17th overall and fifth in Heat 1 with a time of 40.00.
Maribel Caicedo will race the women’s 100-meter hurdles quarterfinals on Saturday, looking to advance to her first national championships, and being the third Miner to do so this weekend. The event starts at 5:15 p.m. MT/6:15 CT. The junior will race in Heat 2, lane 3. The race will be streamed on the SEC+ Network, while live results are available here.
Sat., May 28 – Women
5:15 PM MT/6:15 CT – 100 m H – Caicedo – Quarterfinals