Junior Tamika Robinson missed qualifying for the 60m hurdles finals by eight thousandths of a second.
March 12, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - It came down to a review of a photo finish, but Illinois women's track and field junior Tamika Robinson just missed qualifying for the 60m hurdles finals after running a personal-best time of 8.22 in the prelims on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Chicago, Ill., native was one of four athletes to tie at 8.22, which meant the times were broken down to thousandths of a second. In the end, Robinson ended up with the 10th-fastest time in the event, only eight thousandths of a second away from advancing to the finals.
After the top six spots were filled, only two qualifying spots remained for the four athletes tied at 8.22. West Virginia's Chelsea Carrier and Ohio State's Christina Manning each timed 8.212 to grab the final two positions, which barely edged Clemson's Brianna Rollins (8.213) and Robinson (8.220).
"We were hoping (for Tamika) to get All-America status and make it to the finals, but she ran a personal best, so you can't ask for more than that," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "She ran the fastest race of her life and did the best she could. It is great to see her as one of the top-10 fastest in the country after just starting to run the hurdles last season."
Virginia Tech's Queen Quedith Harrison (7.98) ran the only sub-eight second time during prelims and finished just in front of Miami's Ti'erra Brown (8.00). Texas A&M's Natasha Ruddock was third-fastest at 8.07 followed by Virginia Tech's Kristi Castlin (8.09). North Carolina's Vanneish Ivy (8.14) and Texas A&M's Gabby Mayo (8.15) also advanced to the finals.
Two Illini will compete on Saturday at the NCAA Indoor Championships, with senior Aja Evans slated to begin the shot put at 4:30 p.m. and senior Angela Bizzarri scheduled to run the 3,000m at 7:45 p.m. later that night. Both Bizzarri and Evans set school records in their respective events this indoor season and will be aiming for All-America honors for the third straight year.
NCAA 60m Hurdles Top-10 Results
Q=qualified as heat winner to finals
q=qualified to finals
1. Queen Quedith Harrison, Virginia Tech - 7.98 Q
2. Ti'erra Brown, Miami - 8.00 q
3. Natasha Ruddock, Texas A&M - 8.07 Q
4. Kristi Castlin, Virginia Tech - 8.09 q
5. Vanneish Ivy, North Carolina - 8.14 Q
6. Gabby Mayo, Texas A&M - 8.15 q
7. Chelsea Carrier, West Virginia - 8.22 [8.212] q
7. Christina Manning, Ohio State - 8.22 [8.212] q
9. Brianna Rollins, Clemson - 8.22 [8.213]
10. Tamika Robinson, Illinois - 8.22 [8.220]