Jackson Qualifies for NCAA Championships
Janice Jackson advances to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday night at Myers Stadium.
The sophomore transfer clocked in a personal-best of 13.24 in the women’s 100m hurdles. Jackson now holds the second-fastest time in school history in the 100m hurdles. The newcomer broke her own record of 13.27 posted at the 2012 C-USA Championships.
“Janice (Jackson) has steadily dropped her time throughout the year,” said assistant coach Scott Roberts. “She shows great confidence and poise in these big meets and if things continue to progress over the next two weeks, I expect her to do tremendously well at nationals.”
Jackson, Endurance Abinuwa, Yolanda Suggs and Magen Del Pino were the members of the women’s 4x100m relay at the West Preliminary Championships. Jackson kicked off the women’s 4x100m relay, but a bad hand off to Abinuwa quickly disqualified the Miners from the race.
Kristian Dillard, Kyron Joseph, Abiola Onakoya and Anthony Wright represented UTEP in the men’s 4x100m relay. The squad finished fifth in a close dash to the finish line in the first heat of the day. The team posted a time of 40.20, barley missing the qualifying mark to advance to the NCAA Championships.
The men’s 4x400m relay (Wright, Onakoya, Shane Hamm and Curtis Kock) went head to head with Baylor and Minnesota but in the end UTEP was unable to qualify for nationals. The squad clocked in a time of 3:09.36 and took fourth-place in the third heat of the night. For seniors, Kock and Hamm this was their final race in their Orange and Blue uniform.
El Paso native Matt Dudley concluded his throwing career as a Miner at Myer Stadium. The senior took second in his heat with a throw of 51.76m (169-10) in the discus. Overall Dudley finished 27th out of 48 competitors in the event.
Jackson and Rotich will head back to El Paso to prepare for their first trip to nationals on May 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa at Drake Stadium.