Stewart Punches Another Ticket For NCAA Finals
Stewart Qualified For NCAA Finals In 100 Hurdles
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior Chastity Stewart won the first heat to qualify again in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the NCAA West preliminaries hosted by Kansas at Rock Chalk Park.
Stewart, running in the third lane, stormed ahead in the first heat and held off Missouri’s Valerie Thames by .02 tenths of a second to automatically qualify for the NCAA finals in Eugene with a time of 13.19.
“It means a lot to advance athletes to the NCAA finals,” head coach Carl Sheffield said. “To advance out of such a competitive region says a lot for the talent of our athletes. Chastity Stewart is a phenomenal individual competitor and she continues to step up in big competitions.”
Stewart’s time of 13.19 was the sixth-fastest time at the NCAA West prelims and is the second best mark of the season. She ran 13.03 at the Bobcat Classic back on April 30 in the 100-meter hurdles to set a school record.
“I wasn’t as nervous the entire week,” Chastity Stewart said. “I was in a really good mental state. In warm-ups, I was having fun and keeping positive. It felt good to win the heat and know right away that I was able to advance.”
Stewart will compete with the top-12 finishers at the NCAA East & West preliminaries looking to become an All-American with a top-16 finish (top-eight first team, nine-16 second team).
“To get this far after battling through injuries to still earn a spot in not one but two individual events is incredible,” Sheffield said. “We knew she could become an All-American again but to have two chances is a bonus.”
Junior Collin Heard set a personal best time of 20.81 in the 200-meter dash coming just short of qualifying for the NCAA finals (20.66 made the top-12). Heard ran the fourth-fastest time in school history even after two false starts couldn’t slow him down.
“Collin Heard comes back from a mid-season slump to cap off his junior year in style,” Sheffield said. “Along with junior Jazmine Martin, sophomore Siara Obasuyi and freshman Kennedy Knight, hopes to qualify for next year’s finals look promising.”
|1||Pedrya Seymour||JR||Illinois||12.95||Q||+1.3||5 (1)|
|2||Alaysha Johnson||FR||Oregon||12.97||q||+1.3||5 (2)|
|3||Brianna McGhee||SR||TCU||13.01||Q||+1.1||6 (1)|
|4||Tobi Amusan||FR||UTEP||13.02||Q||+0.6||4 (1)|
|5||Danielle Demas||SR||Sam Houston St.||13.11||q||+1.1||6 (2)|
|6||Chastity Stewart||SR||North Texas||13.19||Q||+0.2||1 (1)|
|7||Payton Stumbaugh||SO||Arkansas||13.20 (13.191)||Q||+0.8||2 (1)|
|8||Sasha Wallace||JR||Oregon||13.20 (13.200)||Q||-0.7||3 (1)|
|9||Valerie Thames||JR||Missouri||13.21||q||+0.2||1 (2)|
|10||Micha Auzenne||JR||San Diego State||13.27||q||+1.3||5 (3)|
|11||Alex Gochenour||SR||Arkansas||13.28||q||-0.7||3 (2)|
|12||Ashley Miller||FR||Texas||13.29 (13.284)||q||+1.1||6 (3)|
-Senior Bryce McAndrew finished 31st in the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:48.04
-Junior Jazmine Martin finished 20th in the triple jump with a mark of 12.64 meters
-The 4x100-meter relay team (Stewart, Martin, Siara Obasuyi, Nadiyah El-Amin) finished 17th with a time of 45.32
Senior Chastity Stewart will head to the NCAA championships hosted by Oregon University June 8-11 in Eugene taking part in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.