JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lisa Meneau advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals of the women’s 400-meter hurdles with her performance Thursday at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Meneau, a Terrapin freshman, posted her best time of the season at 58.53 seconds in the first round. She had the19th overall mark in the field of 48 in the event, with 24 moving to Friday’s quarterfinals.
The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Nationals, to be held June 11 to 14 in Eugene, Ore.
Also on Thursday, junior Myah Hicks ran 2:06.85 in the first round of the women’s 800, cutting more than a full second off her previous season-best. She placed 28th among the qualifiers in the East Prelims, narrowly missing a spot in the quarterfinals.
Earlier this season, Meneau ran 58.66 in the 400 hurdles, placing third in the final at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships. Her mark on Thursday improved her collegiate-best mark, which stands fourth on Maryland’s all-time list.
Meneau placed fifth in the first of six heats of the 400 hurdles. The top three from each first-round heat and the next fastest six times advanced to the quarterfinals. Meneau’s time was fifth among those six times moving forward, regardless of place.
Hicks was fourth in her heat in the women’s 800. Her time was just off her career-best of 2:06.61, which ranks second all-time at Maryland on the outdoor list. She was just a fraction off the final qualifying mark for the quarterfinals, as Yolanda Ngarambe of Vermont moved forward with a mark of 2:06.43.
Meneau will compete Friday in the quarterfinals of the women’s 400 hurdles, scheduled at 7:45 p.m.
Also on Friday, Maryland’s high jump trio of Amina Smith, Amber Melville and Thea LaFond will compete. Friday’s qualifying will determine which 12 student-athletes move forward to the NCAA Outdoor Nationals.
Senior Josh Haghighi was qualified to compete Thursday in the men’s shot put, but a death in the family forced him to withdraw from the competition.
The NCAA East Preliminary rounds continue through Saturday night.