Ali Qualifies For USA Team By Taking 3rd At USA T&F Championships
June 23, 2013
DES MOINES, IA. - Nia Ali placed third in the women's 100m HH to make team USA to highlight the Trojans' efforts on the fourth day of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa today (June 22).
Nia Ali took third in her heat of the women's 100m HH semifinals early in the day Saturday to automatically advance to the finals. She had the fifth-fastest qualifying time in the semis. She saved her best for last with a PR of 12.48 in the finals later in the day to take third and qualify for the USA team heading to Moscow, Russia for the World Championships. Ginnie Crawford (Powell) was fifth in her semifinal heat with a time of 12.67 but only the top four from each heat advanced, despite her posting the eighth-fastest semifinal time. Brianna Rollins, who broke Crawford's (Powell) NCAA record two weeks ago, took down the American record with a time of 12.26 to win the finals.
Ryan Wilson and Brendan Ames ran in the men's 110m HH preliminary rounds and advanced to tomorrow's semifinals easily. Wilson had the second-fastest time of 13.21w and Ames was 10th with a time of 13.40w.
Dalilah Muhammad won the second heat of the women's 400m IH semifinals with a time of 54.83 to automatically advance to tomorrow's finals. She also won her heat in the preliminary rounds yesterday.
Allyson Felix was in the first heat of the women's 200m preliminary rounds and she won with a time of 22.44w to automatically advance to tomorrow's semifinals with the fifth-fastest time.
Tera Novy finished 14th in the junior women's discus competition with a mark of 140-0 (42.68m). She fouled in her first two attempts, but couldn't land a throw far enough in her third round attempt to advance her to the finals.
Marissa Minderler placed 15th in the women's hammer throw competition with a best mark of 196-6 (59.89m).
Josh Mance took fourth place in the men's 400m dash finals, one spot short of qualifying for the USA team heading to Moscow later this summer.