May 23, 2017--The Mount St. Mary's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have three student-athletes headed to the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round hosted by the University of Kentucky on May 25-27. Natalia Hinton qualified in the long jump, Julian Woods in the 400m hurdles and Kelly Yanucil in the javelin.
Hinton advanced to the East Preliminary in the long jump with her career-best mark of 6.09m (19' 11.75") set at George Mason. Hinton's jump broke a 24-year old Mount record of 6.04m (19' 9.75") in the women's long jump set by Annette Fitz on April 17, 1993. Hinton is seeded 46th in the field of 48 competitors and she will compete in the first flight. The women's long jump consists of a single round with each athlete getting three attempts. The top 12 finishers will move on to the finals, which will be held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field June 7-10.
Woods is in the NCAA East Preliminary in the 400m hurdles for the second consecutive year. He earned his spot by posting a time of 51.72 seconds in the event at the Penn Relays, and he is seeded 20th in the field of 48 competitors. Woods, who will be in the second heat in the prelims, just missed advancing to the quarterfinals last year, finishing fourth in his heat. The top three from each heat plus the next six fastest times advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals, which will be held on Friday. The top three from each quarterfinal heat plus the next three fastest times advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Yanucil is looking to move to the NCAA finals in the javelin for the second consecutive season. Yanucil earned her spot at the East Preliminary with a mark of 51.75m (169' 9") when she won the javelin at the Penn Relays for the second consecutive season. She is seeded 10th in the field this year and will compete in the third flight. Yanucil's throw at the Penn Relays broke her own school record of 51.07m (167' 6") that was set at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where she was named Second Team All-America honors after advancing to the finals and finishing in ninth place.
This is the third consecutive appearance in the NCAA East Preliminary for Yanucil, who finished in ninth place last year to move on to Eugene. She finished 14th in 2015. Yanucil will have three throws, and will advance to the NCAA Finals if she finishes in the top 12 in the field of 48.
The Mount's Brian Sagendorf qualified for the East Preliminary round in the men's javelin, but had to be scratched due to injury. It is the second consecutive year that Sagendorf has qualified for the East Preliminary round.
Friday, May 26
7:15 p.m.: Julian Woods (Men's 400m Hurdles Quarterfinals)
JULIAN WOODS WINNING 400m HURDLES AT NEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
KELLY YANUCIL WINNING JAVELIN AT NEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
NATALIA HINTON WINNING LONG JUMP AT NEC CHAMPIONSHIPS