May 30, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Iowa track and field team advanced two student athletes to the NCAA final site and sent three more to the quarterfinals following day 2 of competition at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
Senior Zinnia Miller qualified for the NCAA Championship finals with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump. Miller, who did not compete in the event until this season, recorded a leap of 41-11 ½ (12.79m) on her final attempt to earn her second ticket to Eugene. Miller qualified for the finals site in the long jump (20-6 ½; 6.26m) on Thursday.
MonTayla Holder is also heading to Eugene following a third-place finish in her 400-meter hurdles heat. The sophomore crossed the line in 58.19.
Freshman Brittany Brown broke her own school record en route to a second-place finish in her heat and a spot in the women’s 200-meter quarterfinals. Brown clocked a personal-best time of 23.11, besting her previous school record of 23.45 (Big Ten Championships, 5/18/14).
O’Shea Wilson earned a quarterfinals birth in the 200 meters. The freshman recorded a 21.18 to finish 24th overall and sixth in his heat. The men’s 200 meters quarterfinal is set for tomorrow at 7:35 p.m. (CT) with the women’s event following at 7:50 p.m.
Freshman Aaron Mallett used a personal-best performance in the men’s 110-meter hurdles to qualify for the quarterfinals. Mallett clocked a 13.96 to finish third in his heat and 14th overall. His time ranks seventh on Iowa’s all-time list. The 110-meter hurdles quarterfinal is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. (CT).
“The stars came out tonight for Iowa,” said head coach Layne Anderson. “Today’s Hawkeyes set a great tone for the final day tomorrow where we have more work to get done.”
The final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Round begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT). Live results from the NCAA Championships can be found on the track and field schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.