Kyra Atkins will look to advance to NCAA Championships in 100mH Saturday at 7:05pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 27, 2016) – After claiming two individual titles at the Southern Conference Championships, freshman Kyra Atkins (Greer, S.C.) continued her momentum at the NCAA East Preliminaries on Friday qualifying for the quarterfinals in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.32, tying the school record.
The SoCon champion in the 100mH automatically qualified for the quarterfinals after finishing third in her heat. Atkins time of 13.32 is a personal best and tied the ETSU school record set by Dede Edgecombe last season.
"Kyra showed a lot of poise tonight competing in her first NCAA event and has a great future," said director of track and field George Watts. "Her immediate goal is to try and run a little faster tomorrow and see where that takes her. There is no pressure and she just need to enjoy the process."
Overall Atkins finished with the 11th fastest time of the 24 qualifiers. The Greer, S.C.,native will have an opportunity to advance to the NCAA Championships on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
"Coach Stamps has done a great job with the hurdlers and congrats to him as well for guiding Mike and Kyra," said Watts. "As a former hurdler he takes a lot of pride in those events and has had them prepared for the championship meets this year."
In order to advance Atkins has to finish in the top three in her heat or have one of three next fastest times. The top 12 will head to Eugene, Ore for the NCAA Championships, June 8-11.
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