Andrade, Howard Earn Berths to Eugene
May 29, 2015

NCAA West Prelims Results--Day Two

AUSTIN, Texas--Two more Broncos advanced to NCAA Nationals on day two of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, as Jordin Andrade (400m hurdles) and Marisa Howard (3,000m steeplechase) secured their bids to the national stage.

Andrade claimed the win in the third section of the 400 hurdles, running a time of 49.67 in the quarterfinals. The win helped him automatically advance to NCAA Nationals with his top-three placing, while his time was second overall. Andrade was one of only two runners in the field of 24 to break 50 seconds.

Howard advances to her second-straight trip to Eugene, Ore., winning her heat of the 3,000m steeplechase (9:59.55) to auto advance. Nestled in a pack of three runners, the Pasco, Wash., native turned on the jets at the final steeple pit to secure the win and the berth to NCAA Nationals. Howard placed fifth overall in the West prelim and will compete against the best of the West and East in two weeks.

Racing in two events on the second day of competition, Mackenzie Flannigan battled in the 100-meter quarterfinals and 200-meter prelims. Sheauto qualified for Saturday's 200 meter semifinals, racing to a third-place finish in a time of 23.41. In half the distance, Flannigan ran a time of 11.40 (+1.8) to lower her school record and set a personal record. Flannigan ended up placing 13th overall in the race.

Allison Jeffries also bettered her own school record on Friday, accomplishing the feat in the pole vault. Jeffries cleared 4.14m (13-7) on her second attempt at the height. Jeffries finished placing 14th overall.

Starting off day two action was Jordan Ward who competed in the high jump. Ward cleared 1.73m (5-8) on her first attempt and placed 24th overall.

Fernando Martinez placed 18th overall in the 400 hurdles, finishing sixth in his section in 51.53. Alexandru Terpezan rounded out the Bronco competitors, running a 21.16 in the 200m preliminaries for a 25th-place finish.

The third and final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships for the Broncos begins at 6:45 p.m. CT with David Elliott in the 1,500m semifinals. Day three heat sheets can be found HERE.

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