Four Roadrunners qualify for national quarterfinals on Thursday
AUSTIN — All four of UTSA's entries were able to advance to the national quarterfinals on Thursday during the opening day of competition at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds.
Jurmarcus Shelvin and Joshua Smith both qualified for the 400-meter hurdles quarters.
Shelvin circled the Mike A. Myers Stadium oval in a career-best 51.53 and he earned an automatic berth in the next round after finishing third in the sixth and final preliminary heat of the evening (14th overall). That eclipsed his previous personal record of 51.86 he registered two weeks ago in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) prelims.
Smith advanced following his second-place 51.71 in the event's fourth heat (17th overall).
The pair will look to move on to the national semifinals at 7:45 p.m. on Friday. The top three finishers in the three heats, as well as the next three fastest times will earn spots in Eugene, Ore.
Meanwhile, Christopher Hall qualified for Friday's 400m quarterfinals (6:15 p.m.) after clocking a season-best 46.89. The fifth-place finisher in the sixth and final preliminary section, he recorded the night's 23rd-fastest time and it was just seven one-hundredths of a second off his PR of 46.82 that he established a year ago.
Roscoe Robinson was the Roadrunners' other competitor on Thursday. The school record-holder and this year's WAC Champion finished 15th in the long jump, which was just three spots away from a berth in the semis. Robinson broke the sand in 24-10 (7.57m) on his third and final attempt of the first round. That was good for 13th place and the Huntsville, Mo., native earned a spot in the quarterfinals. However, he did not improve upon that mark in his final three jumps and that ended his UTSA career.
The three-day meet continues on Friday.