June 6, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - Carvin Nkanata ran a career-best 20.29 in the semifinals of the 200 meter dash on Thursday afternoon and qualified for the finals at the NCAA National Championship Meet at Hayward Field on the campus of Oregon.
Nkanata finished third in his heat and claimed one of the two non-automatic qualifying spots (Top two in each heat automatically qualify, along with the next two fastest times overall). Nkanata will be seeded seventh when he runs for a National Championship on Saturday afternoon. He will compete against Bryshon Nellum (USC), Anaso Jobodwana (Jackson State), Ameer Webb (Texas A&M), Isiah Young (Ole Miss), Aaron Brown (USC), Charles Silmon (TCU), and Justin Austin (Iowa).
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Micah Murray, Nkanata, Charles Ross and Brycen Spratling ran a time of 3:09.54 and finished seventh in their heat and 20th overall.
In the heptathlon, senior Elizabeth Kline is currently in 19th place after the first four events.
In the opening event of the afternoon, Kline turned in a 13.93 in the 100 meter hurdles and placed 17th overall. She then set a personal record in the high jump by clearing 1.66m (5-5 ¼ feet). Kline tied for second in her flight and finished tied for 12th overall, moving her up to 13th after two events.
In event three, Kline was 15th in the shot put with a distance of 11.30m (37-01 feet), which moved her back to 19th overall. She ended her day with a 16th place finish in the 200 meter dash in a time of 24.99. The heptathlon will conclude tomorrow with long jump, the javelin and the 800 meter run.
Kline begins competition on Friday at 12:30 p.m. PST. Nkanata will run in the finals of the 200 meter dash on Saturday at 2:50 p.m. PST. Both Friday and Saturday's action will be aired on ESPNU.