May 26, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -
Southern Miss placed a relay team and hurdler in the finals on the first day of competition at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Tanika Liburd, Raquel Washington, Tori Wells and Angela Johnson ran a time of 44.49, finishing with the fourth-best time in the field to advance to the finals set of 4 p.m., on Saturday.
Washington advanced to the finals for the second-straight year in the 100-meter hurdlers, winning her heat and posting the second-best time in the field with a time of 13.09 in the race. The final for the women's 100-meter hurdles is scheduled for 4:40 p.m., on Saturday.
In the 100-meter dash, Angela Johnson recorded a time of 11.65, but failed to advance to the finals.
Liburd scored the Golden Eagles first points of the day, finishing sixth in the long jump with a jump of 20'8".
Hana Prudilova just missed finishing in the top eight, finished ninth with a throw of 146'7" in the javelin.
Marcus Brown had a throw of 159'1" in the hammer, while Cornelius Duncan ran 47.08 in the 400 meters. Duncan did not advance to the finals.
Simona Costache and Aaliyah will compete in the triple jump on Saturday, while Ahmed Abdelzaher will compete in the high jump.