Senior Jade Miller (400m hurdles) and sophomore Gabby Thomas (200m) both will race for individual NCAA titles after qualifying in preliminary heats.
EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Gabby Thomas (200 meters) and senior Jade Miller (400 meter hurdles) both advanced to the finals of their strongest events, each finishing in the top two of preliminary heats at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.
Competing in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor meet for the fourth consecutive year, Miller placed second in her heat with a time of 56.98, the sixth fastest time overall. She advances to the 400 meter hurdles final for the second time in her career – Miller placed fifth at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor final in the event.
Minutes later, Thomas also qualified for a Saturday final, winning the third heat of the 200 meters with a time of 22.821. Thomas just leaned ahead of Aaliyah Brown of Texas A&M to win the heat by a margin of .001 seconds, recording the fifth fastest time in the preliminaries. Thomas also qualified for the 200-meter final as a freshman in 2016, placing third overall for Harvard's best showing in school history in a sprint final at the NCAA Outdoor meet.
Earlier in the day, Thomas competed in the 100 meters, finishing seventh in the first heat, and 22nd overall with a time of 11.54. She is the first Harvard women's sprinter to compete at the NCAA Outdoor meet in the 100-meter dash, and will earn USTFCCCA All-America Honorable Mention for her efforts.
On Saturday, Miller will race in the 400 meter hurdles final at 7:57 p.m. ET, while Thomas will compete in the final of the 200 meters at 8:07 p.m. ET. Both races can be viewed on ESPN and ESPN3.
Tomorrow, senior Efe Uwaifo will compete in the men's triple jump final at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3. On Saturday, senior Nikki Okwelogu will also be in action in the women's discus throw final at 8:55 p.m. ET.