TAMPA, Fla. – Junior Jeanine Williams battled through a rainy day three of the NCAA East Preliminaries to qualify for Nationals with a 13.31 time in the 100m hurdles on Saturday afternoon at the USF Track & Field Stadium.
Williams’ finished second in her heat and placed ninth overall to receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., marking the second-consecutive year for the junior hurdler – her third-straight Nationals, including Indoors. She brings the final tally of Tech national qualifiers to three, joining teammates Nahom Solomon (10K) and Avery Bartlett (800m).
With Subtropical Storm Alberto moving into the Gulf of Mexico, the conclusion to East Regionals would be fraught with wind and rain, but the Yellow Jackets continued to battle to the end.
Finishing out the jump events for Tech, Preston Smith fell just 0.21 meters shy of qualifying, hitting a mark of 15.50 meters to finish 17th overall. Also finishing in the top 20 was senior Kenya Collins, who, as GT’s second 100m hurdle quarterfinalist, recorded a 13.65 (18th).
Finishing out the night and weekend was Solomon and freshman Nicole Fegans in the men’s and women’s 5K. Solomon was unable to nab a second qualifying time for Nationals, but finished ninth in his heat (23rd overall) with a time of 14:25.10. In her first Regionals action of her collegiate career, Fegans had a fine outing, kicking to a 16:46.62 time to finish 14th in her heat (29 th overall).
Georgia Tech’s three national qualifiers will now put their sights on the NCAA Championships, taking place in Eugene, Ore. at historic Hayward Field on June 6-9.