Lynwood Leaps into NCAA Outdoor Championships
May 26, 2012
Darius Lynwood set a new school-record and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary. Lynwood finished tied for eighth in the semifinal round clearing the bar at 2.19m (7'2.25").
The sophomore broke Lary Jenkins' 34-year-old program best of 2.18m (7'1.75"). Lynwood previously tied Jenkins' mark at the Mississippi Open in March of this year. The Jackson, Tenn., native now advances to the national finals set for June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
For the women, Kala Funderburk, Monica Mason, Keyona Neal and Maya Williamson broke their own school-record in the women's 4 x 400m relay crossing the line at 3:37.45 taking fifth in their quarterfinal heat. Despite their record-breaking mark the Lady Tigers finished .61 seconds off the qualifying time for the national semifinals. This was the fourth time this outdoor season that the group broke the school's 4 x 400m record.
Senior Robert Jackson missed qualifying for the men's 110m hurdles national semifinals. Jackson took fifth in his quarterfinal heat with a time of 13.99, just shy of the qualifying cut-off time.
In the men's pole vault semifinals, sophomore Austin Crenshaw set a new school-record clearing 5.27m (17'3.5"), while senior Karlis Pujats finished at a height of 5.02m (16'5.5"). Unfortunately neither vautler could secure a top-12 finish to advance to the national finals.
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