JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Maryland’s trio of women’s high jumpers – Thea LaFond, Amina Smith and Amber Melville – each qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Nationals with their performances Friday at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at the University of North Florida.
All three Terrapins finished among the top 12 in the women’s high jump on Friday, earning a trip to the national championships, to be held June 11 to 14 in Eugene, Ore.
Seven competitors cleared 5 feet, 11-1/4 inches in the preliminary round, which was to determine the top 12 finishers who would advance.
LaFond, a Maryland junior, and Georgia sophomore Leontia Kallenou were the only two who finished Friday’s event without any misses.
Melville, also a Terrapin junior, was one of seven who cleared 5-11.25, while Smith jumped 5-9.75, but had no misses until failing at the final height and tying for eighth place.
Also on Friday, Maryland freshman Lisa Meneau lowered her career-best in the women’s 400-meter hurdles for the second straight day, but missed a qualifying spot for the nationals.
Meneau, who ran 58.53 in Thursday’s first round, finished seventh in her quarterfinal heat and 17th overall with a time of 58.20. Her time is the third-best ever for a Terrapin woman in the event.
The top three in each of three quarterfinals and the next best three times earned the top-12 finish needed to advance. Evonne Britton of Penn State went 57.41 to get the final qualifying spot.
LaFond will compete in the women’s triple jump on Saturday, while sophomore Chioma Onyekwere will be in the women’s shot put.