May 25, 2012
PITTSBURGH- The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in several strong performances on day two of the 2012 NCAA East Regional Track and Field Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday as two Panthers qualified for the NCAA Championships.
For the men’s team, senior Jermaine Lowery advanced to the NCAA Championships as he finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles prelims with a time of 50.65. This marks the second consecutive year that Lowery has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. The championships will be held June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
In the 110-meter hurdles prelims, freshman Joshua Thompson finished ninth with a time of 13.80. Thompson, along with junior Tashaun Hill (13.99) both advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal round at 7:05 p.m.
Lowery will also compete in the 1,600-meter relay on Saturday at 9:25 p.m. with sophomore Micah Murray and seniors Jerome Lowery and Antony Hobwana. The 400-meter relay team of Thomspon, Hobwana and sophomores Aaron Turner and Reginald Steele IV will compete at 6 p.m. in an attempt to qualify for the national championships.
On the women’s side, senior Cambrya Jones finished fifth in the 100-meter dash quarterfinals (11.35) to advance to the NCAA Championships along with Lowery.
This also marks the second consecutive year that Jones will compete at NCAAs, as she ran as part of the 400-meter relay team at last year’s championships. Jones, along with sophomore Jordan Hoyt and juniors Ashley Woodford and Arielle Fonrose will run in the 400-meter relay quarterfinals on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.
Additionally, Jones finished third in the 200-meter dash prelims, crossing the finish line in 23.04. She advanced to the 200-meter quarterfinals on Saturday at 7:50 p.m.