Delaware Hurdler Latoya James Breaks School Record, Advances to Quarterfinals at NCAA Regionals
May 25, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Jordan
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Delaware sophomore hurdler Latoya James (at right) sprinted to a time of 13.50 in the 100 meter hurdles to break her own school record at the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Track & Field East Regionals Friday afternoon at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
James, a native of Kingston, Jamaica (Alpha Academy), continued her record-breaking season as she bettered her old mark by .08 by placing fourth in her heat and advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals. The top three finishers from each of Friday’s six heats, in addition to the next top nine spots, earned the spot in the quarterfinals, which will take place Saturday at 7:20 p.m.
The top three finishers plus the next top three times from the quarterfinal heats will advance to the NCAA Championships next week at Drake University.
James, who earlier this year placed second in the 100 meter hurdles at the Colonial Athletic Association championships and second at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) meet, finished fourth in her heat - the last of six contested during the day - and 24th overall.
Jackie Coward of Central Florida won the heat with a time of 12.97 followed by Chelsea Carrier-Eades of West Virginia (13.13), Kim Francis of Louisiana Tech (13.21). James, who was ranked 32nd coming into the race, outran the likes of Alexandria Johnson of Ohio State, Melanie Akwule of Georgia Tech, Brooklyn Ventura of Buffalo, and Bianca Blair of Tennessee.
Coward also had the best time of all the competitors and was followeds by Christina Manning of Ohio State (12.98), Bridgette Owens of Clemson (13.00), Jasmon Stowers of LSU (13.01), and Kendra Harrison of Clemson (13.02).
James won seven meet titles this season, including capturing the 100 meter hurdles gold medal at the VCU Invitational, Navy Invitational, Colonial Relays, and Delaware Open.