Lexington, Ky. - Youngstown State freshman Collin Harden advanced to tomorrow's quarterfinals in the 400m hurdles with a strong performance at the NCAA East Preliminaries on Thursday at Kentucky's Outdoor Track and Field Complex.
Overall, Harden had the 11th-fastest time of all 48 runners. He was the second-fastest freshman of the group behind Hampton's Jaelen Williams.
Harden tied his school record running a time of 51.98 seconds in his heat, which was good for second place. The top three finishers in each of the six heats plus the next six best times advance to the quarterfinals. That race will be on Friday at 7:15 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.
Running in heat No. 3, Harden was second to Florida's T.J. Holmes who ran the second-fastest preliminary time of 50.62 seconds.
The top 12 finishers in the quarterfinals advance to the NCAA Championships in the event.
Senior Taylor McDonald ran a time of 59.92 seconds in the 400m hurdles and finished 25th, just one spot out of moving on to Friday's quarterfinal. McDonald was 0.04 seconds behind Kent State's Taylor Farquhar who finished in 24th place. McDonald was fourth in her heat which featured the fourth, seventh and 14th-fastest qualifiers.
In the javelin, junior Tyler Donati had a best throw of 52.92m (173-8) to finish 44th.
To end the evening, Ryan Roush ran the 10,000m run in a time of 30:53.70 and finished 27th out of 48 runnes.