Brianna LeRoy has qualified for the NCAA Championship meet in the high jump.
May 25, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Brianna LeRoy of the University of Utah track and field team qualified for the NCAA Championships as she advanced through the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Austin, Texas, Friday.
"As a senior, this is a really special day for Brianna," said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler. "To advance to the NCAA Championships is really exciting, and to do so by making all three bars on her first attempt was great. We are so excited for her."
LeRoy's qualifying mark was 1.77 meters, tying her personal best. She will now make her first appearance in the NCAA Championship meet.
Sophomore Destanae Howerton-Davis, making her first NCAA Preliminary appearance, finished 32nd in the discus. Despite not qualifying for the NCAA Championship meet, Howerton-Davis exceeded expectations after gaining entrance to the preliminaries at the final qualifier and finishing ahead of 10 other competitors with a throw of 155-07.
Junior Angela Kaplar was also in action Friday, posting a time of 13.81 in the 100 meter hurdles for a 36th-place finish.
"Angie ran right around her season-best time, it just wasn't quite enough to qualify," said Kepler. "But like Destanae, she finished ahead of her ranking. It was positive day overall, the kids competed hard. We have a couple more chances for some of them to advance tomorrow and we are looking for it."
In action Saturday, the final day of the meet, will be junior Amanda Mergeart as she competes in the 1500 meter semifinals, for a chance to join LeRoy in Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA Championships. Also fighting for a spot in Des Moines will be freshman Kaitlin Urmston (javelin) and Susannah Hurst (5000 meter), who was a late addition to the meet due to a medical scratch by a competitor from another school.