May 25, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Miami University junior Layne Baggett ran a career-best time in the 100m hurdles Friday at the NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary Rounds, held at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium, and earned a place in Saturday’s quarterfinal in doing so. Senior Alexandra Roberts also competed Friday in the discus in her second event of the weekend.
Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded a wind-aided personal-best time of 13.43, which is the third-best time in school history and fastest at Miami since 1996. She crossed in fourth in her heat and placed 21st overall, despite being seeded 32nd in the field of 48. The top three in each heat automatically advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal as did the next nine best times with Baggett nabbing the fourth at-large spot. Baggett, the 100m hurdles MAC champion, was one of just two MAC athletes in the field and the only one to move on. She will run in the quarterfinals at 7:20 p.m., needing a top 12 finish to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships June 7 in Des Moines, Iowa. Central Florida’s Jackie Coward posted the top time in the field at 12.97.
Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio), who placed 21st in the shot put Thursday at the East Prelims, finished 36th in the discus with a heave of 42.82m/140-6. She improved 12 spots after earning the 48th and final spot in the field with her toss of 47.64m/156-3 at the All-Ohio Championships. The top 12 finishers in the discus advanced to the NCAA Championships, led by Michigan’s Emily Pendleton, who had a throw of 55.08m/180-8 to take first. None of the five MAC competitors in the field moved on to the NCAA Championships as Roberts closed out her outdoor track and field career at Miami.
Baggett is the lone RedHawk competing Saturday at the East Prelims, doing so in the 100m hurdles quarterfinal. On Thursday, sophomore Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) clinched a spot in the NCAA Championships in the javelin, as Baggett will look to join her in Des Moines.