SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Katelyn Fairchild, Lianna Davidson and Joniar Thomas qualified for the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championship meet, while the Texas A&M women’s track & field team advanced eight athletes to the quarterfinals after day two of the NCAA West First Round hosted by Sacramento State University at Hornet Stadium on Thursday.
Fairchild led the way for the javelin duo, throwing 184-0/56.08m to finish with the third-best mark of the day, while Davidson had the No. 6 mark at 182-3/55.56m. Fairchild’s toss improved her mark as the sixth-best performer in Texas A&M history. The sophomore duo advanced to their second consecutive national championship, as they competed at the 2022 championship meet as freshmen.
On her first long jump attempt, Thomas soared to a distance of 20-9.25/6.33m, just two centimeters from her personal best. The clearance kept her within qualification throughout the competition and ended the day with the sixth-best leap of the day. Thomas will also compete in the pentathlon at the national championship meet. G’Auna Edwards recorded a mark of 19-11.5/6.08m, the 16th-best mark of the competition.
In the first track event of the day, Jaiya Covington advanced to Saturday’s 100m hurdle quarter-final with a time of 13.17 to place first in her heat, earning an automatic qualifier to the next round. The clocking is the freshman’s fourth-best time of the year.
In the 100m, Semira Killebrew and Camryn Dickson both earned non-automatic qualifying spots into Saturday’s quarterfinal at 11.42 and 11.44, respectively. Killebrew enters the weekend with the 17th best time, while Dickson trails her in the 18th spot.
The Aggies had four women run the 400m, advancing three to Saturday’s quarterfinal. Tierra Robinson-Jones led the way, winning her heat in 50.88, her second-fastest time ever behind her 50.54 from the SEC meet. Jermaisha Arnold won her heat with a time of 50.95, her fourth sub-50 clocking this season. Kennedy Wade clocked a personal best 52.25 to finish fourth in her heat and earn a non-automatic qualifying spot into Saturday’s quarterfinal. Robinson-Jones and Arnold recorded the No. 4 and No. 5 times of the day, while Wade’s mark was the No. 18 best mark of the…
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