FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014
Shanique Walker Moves on to 100 Hurdles Quarterfinal
Shanique Walker
Shanique Walker
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior Shanique Walker (San Jose, Calif.) advanced to the 100m hurdle quarterfinal on Saturday highlighting day two of the NCAA East Preliminary on Friday for Jacksonville University. Walker’s time of 13.39 placed her 17th in the first round among the 48 runners in the field. She will now look to advance to her second straight NCAA Championship when she takes the blocks at 7:20 pm on Saturday.

“Shanique had a good looking run in the middle of her race today,” Director of Track & Field Ron Grigg said. “At this level it’s about surviving and advancing. She was able to do that today which gives her an opportunity tomorrow.”

Junior Courtney Walker (Jacksonville, Fla.) fell short of advancing to Oregon for the NCAA Finals as she placed 21st in the 400 meter final with a time of 54.17. Walker, who qualified for the NCAA postseason with the 27th best time in the East Region, placed six spots ahead of her seeding.

Sophomore Kree Clark’s (Conyers, Ga.) best throw in the discus came on her second of three attempts with a toss of 47.11 meters. The throw by the Atlantic Sun Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year placed her 39th in the event with the top 16 moving on to the NCAA Championships June 11-14.

“Courtney and Kree both had excellent seasons and have a lot of accomplishments to be proud of this year,” said Grigg, an 18-time A-Sun Coach of the Year recipient.

Senior Svenja Meyer (Appen, Germany) capped off a celebrated final campaign by competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Meyer, who set the school record in the event at the Florida Relays back in early April, ran a 10:35.24 placing her 32nd in the event in which the top 12 advanced to the NCAA Championships.

“Svenja had a historic and record breaking season completing a memorable career,” added Grigg.