May 29, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Zinnia Miller punched her ticket to Eugene, Oregon, and three more Hawkeyes advanced to the quarterfinals today at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
Miller placed fourth overall in the women's long jump, recording a personal-best leap of 20-6 ½ (6.26m). Her mark ranks second on Iowa's all-time list. She advances to the NCAA finals for the first time in her career. Senior Carisa Leacock also competed in the women's long jump. Leacock finished 22nd overall with a leap of 19-6 (5.94m).
Senior Tevin-Cee Mincy and sophomore Lake Kwaza advanced through the first round of the 100 meters. Kwaza clock an 11.73 to finish fourth in her heat and 22nd overall in the women's 100. Mincy recorded a time of 10.54 to finish fourth in his heat and 23rd overall in the men's event. Freshman O'Shea Wilson just missed moving on to the quarterfinals with a 25th-place finish (10.55). The men's 100 meters quarterfinal is set for tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. (CT), with the women following at 6:45 p.m.
"It was kind of a rocky start," said Mincy. "The ground was a little wet so I might have had a misstep in there. I know I can finish harder than I did today, so I'm looking forward to the finals."
MonTayla Holder advanced to the quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles for the second straight year. The sophomore crossed the line in 58.54 to finish fourth in her heat and 19th overall. Holder will try to punch her ticket to Eugene in the 400-meter hurdles quarterfinal tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. (CT).
Two Hawkeyes fell just short of moving past the first day of competition. Freshman Elexis Guster finished 25th overall (53.57) in the women's 400 meters falling just shy of a top 24 finish and a spot in the quarterfinals. Junior Gabe Hull finished 15th overall in the men's shot put (58-4 ½; 17.79m), just three spots short of a top 12 finish and a trip to Eugene.
The NCAA First Round resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. (CT). Updated results throughout the weekend can be found on the track and field schedule page on hawkeyessports.com.