Eugene, OR — Janice Jackson had a stellar opening day, automatically advancing to the 100m hurdle finals at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
“Honestly when I got out I was straight tunnel vision,” said Janice Jackson. “I hit the hurdle because I pointed my toe instead of leading with my knee first, but luckily it didn’t throw me off that much. On Saturday if I just keep hurdling instead of just sprinting, I’ll be fine.”
The junior blazed over the hurdles and posted a time of 12.99 (W: 2.8) finishing first in the first heat of the night. Though Jackson hit the second to last hurdle it wasn’t enough to stop her from posting a season-best wind aided time. The hurdler will head to the final on Saturday at 3:09 p.m. (PCT).
The men’s 4x400m relay concluded the season crossing the finish line seventh in the fastest heat of the day. The squad consisting ofCarnell Horn, A-Shawni Mitchell, Daniel Tarango and Abiola Onakoya recorded a time of 3:08.02 finishing 18th overall. The young team will all return nextseason for the Miners.
Tomorrow the UTEP track and field team will kickoff the third day of the meet with the women’s triple jump at 3:25 p.m., followed by the 3,000m steeplechase at 5:40 p.m.
Live updates of the 2013 NCAA Championship will be available on Twitter at UTEPTrack.