ESPNU will begin broadcasting the NCAA Championships on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ; will switch over to ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 7, 2016) – For the first time since 2014 the ETSU track and field program will have a competitor at the NCAA Championships as junior Michael Williams (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) will compete in the 400 meter hurdles on Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon.
"I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to go out there and to be able to compete on that level with other guys from big name schools, " said Williams. "If I keep focus on executing the race and staying mistake free then I think I can get to the finals."
Williams heads to the semifinals of the 400mH in Eugene with the seventh fastest overall time of 50.49. The personal best time by Williams was set in the quarterfinals at NCAA East Preliminaries two weeks ago. He finished fourth in his quarterfinal heat but had one of the fastest non-automatic qualifying times to advance to the national championships.
"Mike is as ready as he can be for tomorrow's race," said director of track & field George Watts. "He's earned the chance to perform at the highest level and I feel strongly he will not dissapoint. He has pulled a lane that he normally runs well from and hopefully that will give him an edge."
The Mt.Laurel, N.J., native is the first Buccaneer to reach the NCAA Championships since Tyler Stepp advance in the long jump back in 2014.
"I had a really good idea that I was going to have the opportunity to go to the national championships at the beginning of the season," said Williams. "I knew once I cleaned up my race and focused on executing that I would be set on getting to the national championships."
The NCAA Championships are held in Eugene, Oregon on the campus of the University of Oregon at historic Hayward Field. Hayward Field has become one of the world's most famous track and field venues holding nearly 10,000 spectators.
The NCAA Championships will be shown on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 p.m. and then will switch over to ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 can be found on Comcast channel 42, Charter channel 36 and DirectTV channel 209. The broadcast will also be streamed live on WatchESPN.com.
Williams is set to run in the semifinals of the 400mH at 6:30 p.m (PT), which is 9:30 p.m., eastern time. The event will consist of three heats with the top two finishers of each heat along with the two next fastest times advancing to the final on Friday, June 10 at approximately 6:57 p.m.
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