May 26, 2012

Kemar Marsden Advances to 200 Meter Quarterfinals on Day Two of NCAA West Preliminary

AUSTIN, Texas - Cal State Northridge advanced Kemar Marsden to Saturday's 200 meter quarterfinals while the rest of the Matadors were not as fortunate on day two of the NCAA West Preliminary Round Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Marsden, the Big West Conference champion in the 100 and 200 meters, ran a season-best 21.03 on Friday to claim one of the 27 spots moving on to the quarterfinal round. Marsden came in with a season-best of 21.07 and was able to shave .04 off his time to finish fourth in his heat and 24th overall. The junior will run the quarterfinal round Saturday at 7:35 MDT.

Senior Jackie Harrison, who advanced out of Thursday's first round of the 400 meters, narrowly missed reaching the NCAA Championships as she finished 15th in the quarterfinals with only the top-12 advancing. After clocking a lifetime-best of 53.26 in the first round, Harrison ran 53.44 on Friday, missing the top-12 by just .11 seconds. Harrison still has the 4x400 meter relay left on Saturday.

Senior Michael Woodham and fellow senior Donovan Toban also looked to advance out the first round of the 110 meter hurdles and triple jump respectively. Woodham matched his season-best of 14.25 to finish sixth in his heat and 35th out of 48 hurdlers. Toban also failed to advance after finishing 43rd with a jump of 46-11 (14.30) which was well off his season-best of 50-0.50 (15.25).

In addition to Marsden and the women's 4x400 relay, Ese Ntekume will look to advance in the triple jump on the final day of competition at the West Preliminary Round.

- GO MATADORS - 

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