Three Longhorns move closer to Olympics at Jamaica National Senior Championships
June 28, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Three Longhorns moved on to the next rounds of the 400m hurdles and 400m dash in pursuit of their goal to qualify for the Olympics to open the Jamaica National Senior Championships on Thursday.
Melaine Walker and rising junior Danielle Dowie advanced to the finals of the 400m hurdles, while Chantel Malone advanced in the 400m dash. Stacey-Ann Smith, who completed her athletic eligibility at Texas in May, also competed in the 400m, running in the fourth heat and finishing in 54.12 for 19th overall.
In the morning session, Walker and Dowie raced in the 400m hurdles prelims. Walker finished first in the opening heat and holds the top overall qualifying time of 54.88 heading into the finals. Dowie also earned a spot in the finals after placing second in her heat and fourth overall in a time of 56.85.
Malone and Smith competed in the 400m prelims during the evening session. Malone, who is competing on behalf of the British Virgin Islands to achieve the Olympic qualifying time needed to advance to London, took third in the first heat in a time of 53.33. Malone's season best was 52.48, just short of the B standard mark of 52.35 she needed to qualify.
Walker and Dowie will race in the 400m hurdles finals on Friday at 7:20 p.m. Central.
Results: Thursday, June 28