Harden Qualifies For NCAA Outdoor Championships, Gehm Sets School Record at NCAA East Preliminaries

Zach Gehm (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Zach Gehm (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Jacksonville, Fla. - Youngstown State junior Collin Harden punched his ticket to the 78th NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships after finishing with a school-record time in the 400m hurdles quarterfinal. Freshman Zach Gehm also broke his own school record in the discus while four other Penguins competed on Friday at the NCAA East Preliminary Round from Hodges Stadium. 

Harden secured the final spot to the semifinals in Austin, Texas after running the 12th fastest time overall and the fourth fastest in his heat at 50.52 seconds. Harden's performance also helped lower his program record time by .49 seconds. The semifinal race will be run on Wednesday, June 5 at 9:30 p.m. from Mike A. Myers Stadium.  

Gehm eclipsed his previous program record (54.17m) by 0.5m after he threw the discus 54.67m on his first attempt of the afternoon. Gehm finished with the 20th-best throw overall and the sixth in flight two. 

Chad Zallow finished with the 31st-fastest time overall in the 110m hurdles after he clocked a time of 14.10 seconds running in the third heat. Zallow concludes his collegiate career as on one the most decorated athletes in school history. He was a two-time second team All-American and a six-time Horizon League champion during the outdoor seasons.  

Jaliyah Elliott ran a personal-best time of 23.58 seconds (23.575 officially) in the 200m dash while finishing with the 26th fastest time overall and the fifth best in her heat.

Noah Drudy threw the javelin 58.92m on first attempt of the afternoon, placing him 12th in his flight and 40th overall in the event. Jake Wilson finished 13th in his flight and 41st overall after throwing the javelin 57.94m on his final attempt of the day. 

Dom Westbay wraps up competition for the Penguins at the NCAA East Prelims on Saturday when he throws the shot put at 2:30 p.m. from Hodges Stadium.