FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - CSUN sophomore Marie Veale became the first Matador to advance out of the first round as she finished 20th in the 200 meters to advance to Saturday's Quarterfinal.
Veale, who ran in the sixth and final heat, clocked a time of 23.90 to grab the third and final qualifying spot in her heat and the 20th spot overall. 24 sprinters advanced to the quarterfinal which comes up Saturday at 5:50 p.m. The Matador sophomore is also scheduled to run in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays on Saturday.
It was all CSUN women competing on Friday as Monique Griffiths opened in the discus. The sophomore posted a best of 159-2 (48.51) on her first attempt before fouling on her final two throws. She was fourth in flight one but wound up in 27th-place overall.
A trio of Matador women took up the challenge in the triple jump as Marissa Rossi (who was 27th in the long jump on Thursday), Cydney Leath and Jealinda Mills looked to advance out of the opening round.
Mills began the competition well, increasing her distance with each round in flight one. The senior jumped 37-7.75 on her first attempt, 39-3.75 on her second and 40-0.75 on her third which was good for second in the flight. Rossi, also in flight one, posted a best of 38-10.50 on her second attempt but fouled on her third try. Leath was in the second flight and wound up with a best of 39-8.50 which came on her final attempt.
Despite the results, none of the three advanced as Mills finished 26th, Leath 29th and Rossi 36th. Only the top-12 advance to the NCAA Championships.
CSUN sends out Derion Taylor in the men's triple jump while Lydia French and Ashley Henry compete in the women's high jump Saturday with both events opening at 4 p.m. The women's 4x100 relay kicks off at 4:15 p.m., followed by Veale in the 200 meters (5:50 p.m.) and the women's 4x400 relay which closes the meet at 7:45 p.m.
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