Atkins Poised for National Championships
Atkins Poised for National Championships
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Semfinals of 100 Meter Hurdles Set for Thursday Night

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 6, 2018) – ETSU’s Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) makes her debut on college track and field’s biggest stage when she competes in the women’s 100 meter hurdles Thursday at the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The semifinal round begins at 8:02 pm EDT and Atkins will run in the third and final heat race of the day. The top two finishers from each heat and the next two best overall times advance to the finals at 7:12 pm on Saturday, June 9.

Atkins earned a spot at historic Hayward Field in Eugene with a time of :13.38 at the East Preliminary meet on May 26, good for 11th place and 16 spots above her seeding. The junior had qualified for the East prelim in each of her first two seasons, finishing 24th in 2016 and 29th last year.

Atkins is the three-time defending Southern Conference champion in the event.

She's also ETSU’s record-holder in the 100 meter hurdles and has produced top-flight efforts at important meets. She set the record (:13.25) at the 2017 Southern Conference Outdoor Championships; more recently, she ran a :13.21 in the opening round at this year’s East Prelim on May 25, although the latter time was aided by a higher-than-allowable tailwind of 2.1 meters per second.

Atkins’ best time this season is :13.29, set at the Georgia Tech Invitational on April 20, and she won the SoCon title at :13.42.

Live streaming video of the women’s 100mH is unavailable but ESPN2 will provide television coverage of the National Championships. Thursday’s broadcast begins at 7:00 pm EDT; Saturday’s telecast begins at 6:30 pm. ESPN3 will air the trophy presentation Saturday at 11:00 pm EDT.


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