Ebonie Floyd, Preston Perry and Men's 4x100 Relay Team Advance at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
June 8, 2006
Sacramento, Calif. - The University of Houston men's 4x100-meter relay team advanced to the finals of the NCAA Championships and Preston Perry and Ebonie Floyd advanced to the semifinals of the men's and women's 200 meters on the first day of the NCAA Championships Wednesday evening.
The men's relay team had the eighth fastest overall time as Preston Perry, Vincent Marshall, Tremaine Smith and Carey LaCour combined for a time of 39.52 seconds in the first of three heats. Texas A&M won the first heat in 38.97 seconds, edging Texas, which had a time of 39.12. Tennessee was third in 39.20 seconds and Houston was fourth in 39.52 seconds. Southern Cal was fifth with a time in 39.60 seconds and Clemson was sixth in 39.67.
LSU won the second heat with the fastest collegiate time this year with 38.87 seconds, easily winning ahead of TCU's time of 39.30, while Baylor was third in 39.59.
UTEP won the third heat with time of 39.21 seconds as the Miners finished ahead of Oregon's time of 39.45 seconds and East Carolina, which had a time of 39.86.
Floyd won the first of four heats in the women's 200-meter preliminary rounds with her fastest legal time of the season with 22.90 seconds despite running into a head wind of 0.5. She finished well ahead of Charlotte's Shareese Woods, which had a time of 23.11 seconds and Brooklynn Morris of LSU, who had a time of 23.14 seconds. The other qualifiers from the first heat were Stanford's Janice Davis, who had a time of 23.17 seconds and Tamara Thomas of Auburn, who had a time of 23.39 seconds.
South Carolina's Shalonda Solomon won the second heat with the fastest overall time of 22.81 seconds as she easily won ahead of Cleo Tyson of Tennessee, who finished in 23.19.
In the first heat of four preliminary heats in the men's 200-meter dash all seven competitors, including Houston's Preston Perry, advanced to the semifinals on Friday. Willie Perry of Florida won the heat in 20.73 seconds, finishing ahead of UTEP's Churandy Martina's time of 20.75 seconds. Florida State's Michael Ray Garvin finished third in 20.85 seconds, Leroy Dixon of South Carolina had a time of 20.88, Florida A&M's Chris Hargrett had a time of 20.89 and Perry had a time of 21.00 seconds. Kevin Love of Arizona had a time of 21.04 seconds.
Chauncy Harris of Alabama won the second heat in 20.94 seconds, as he finished ahead of Southern Cal's Phillip Francis, who had a time of 21.03.
LSU's Kelly Willie won the third heat in 20.72 seconds, finishing ahead of Middle Tennessee State's Orlando Reid, who had a time of 20.86, and Chris Dykes of Texas A&M, who had a time of 21.04. Houston's Carey LaCour just missed advancing to the semi-finals as he finished in fourth place with a time of 21.24 seconds.
The women's' 4x100-meter relay team of Octavia Garrett, LaDedra Guy, Seun Adigun and Floyd finished with the 10th-fastest overall time of 44.31 seconds in the second of four heats. LSU won the heat in 43.47 seconds, and Miami finished just ahead of Houston with a time of 44.12 seconds.
Houston's Krystal Ward cleared the opening height of 1.74 meters (5' 8 ½"), but missed on her third attempt at 1.77 meters (5' 9¾") in the opening round of the women's high jump.
Thursday's action will have Floyd and Perry returning to the track for the first round and possibly semifinal rounds of the 100 meters. Houston also will compete in the semifinal rounds of the men's and women's 1600-meter relay races and Jonathan Reeves will compete in the qualifying round of the men's shot put.
On Friday, Rachel Easley will begin the first of two days in the women's heptathlon, Caresir Hamilton will compete in the preliminary rounds of the women's triple jump and the men's 400-meter relay team will be in the finals, while Floyd and Perry will compete in the semifinals of the 200 meter dash.