Newton Punches Ticket To Nationals On Day One
May 25, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas -- Scotty Newton punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the third-straight year with a seasonal-best mark in the long jump at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Thursday.
Newton, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif., was on the outside looking in heading into his final attempt in the long jump. He saved his best jump for last, though, as he leaped to a season-best mark of 25 feet 2.5 inches (7.68 meters). Newton secured 12th place with his effort, becoming the first Horned Frog to solidify a spot in Eugene, Ore., next month. Newton will look to double-up on Saturday and earn another spot at nationals in the triple jump.
TCU accomplished what they needed to in the first rounds of the 100-meter dash as three of four athletes moved on to Friday's quarterfinals. On the women's side, junior Sabrina Moore had a strong finish in her race and automatically advanced to the next round with a third-place and personal-best time of 11.30 (w+3.7).
Juniors Jalen Miller and Emeilo Ferguson made it 2-for-2 on the men's side. Big 12 100-meter champion Miller clocked a third-place finish in heat three with a time of 10.08 (w+4.0), while Ferguson took home third place in his heat at 10.24 (w+3.0). The women's 100-meter dash quarterfinals will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the men's 100 meters will follow at 6:15 p.m.
Freshman Derrick Mokaleng produced the second-fastest time of his career in the 400-meter dash at 46.40 en route to a 14th overall finish. His time advanced him to Friday's quarterfinals, which are scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m.
Also earning a spot in the quarterfinals was sophomore Lexi Aitken in the 400-meter hurdles as she qualified on time.
Action will pick back up at 4:30 p.m. Friday with the men's shot put.
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