FILE: UTEP’s Tobi Amusan in the Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles at the 2017 UTEP Invitational, Kidd Field El Paso, TX
Eugene, Or. – Tobi Amusan’s dazzling sophomore season continues as she earned an automatic qualifying spot in the 100m Hurdles on day two of the NCAA Championships on Thursday evening.
Amusan was tasked with running in the second and most competitive heat of three in the 100m hurdle semifinals. The sophomore clocked the fastest qualifying time of 12.79, beating the likes of Drior Hall (USC) and the 2017 (60m hurdle) NCAA Indoor Champion Sasha Wallace (Oregon).
Last year the Nigerian native finished runner up to Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.84), who also qualified to the final. Amusan will take the track again on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. MT live on ESPN.
Sophomore 800m runner Lilian Koech’s season came to a halt on Thursday evening. The Kenya native clocked a time of 2:09.30 to finish 23rd overall.
Winny Koech’s season also came to an end as she ran a time of 34:51.32 in the 10,000m final on Thursday evening.
Friday’s action will see three Miners compete. Emmanuel Korir and Michael Saruni will run in the men’s 800m final set to start at 7:45 p.m. live on ESPN. Saruni (1:46.38) and Korir (1:46.63) qualified to the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in tomorrow’s final.
Lucia Mokrasova will also be in action as she will complete the first of four events (100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m dash) of the heptathlon. The heptathlon competition can be viewed on espn3.com and begins at 1:30 pm.
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