LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Tennessee State women’s track and field senior Amber Hughes (Atlanta, Ga.) continued her pursuit of another NCAA National Championship appearance with a strong showing in the 100m hurdles on Friday at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Hughes joined Cyra Beard (Jackson, Tenn.) and Crystal Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) in action on Friday.
In the 100m hurdles, Hughes clocked in at 13.47 to place second in the second flight to earn an automatic bid into the quarterfinals tomorrow. Her time was tied for 20th-best among the 48 competitors on the day.
The senior All-American, who will also compete in tomorrow’s triple jump, is one of 24 moving on to the NCAA East Preliminary quarterfinals of the 100m hurdles tomorrow in Lexington. From the 24 in tomorrow’s action, 12 will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore. The top three from tomorrow’s three heats as well as the next three fastest times will move on to Oregon.
Beard was competitive throughout the day in the high jump. The junior cleared the first two opening heights of 1.64m (5’4.5”) and 1.69m (5’6.5”) on her first tries. At the third height, she accomplished a season best by clearing 1.74m (5’8.5”) on her second attempt. The effort earned her a tie for 18th in the field. She did not advance past the next height of 1.79m (5’10.5”).
Beard, who has already won five Ohio Valley Conference medals and made two NCAA East Preliminary Round appearances, will return for her senior season next year.
Also in the 100m hurdles, Williams turned in a time of 14.12 from the first heat, which was good for 46th place. One of TSU’s top hurdlers throughout her career, Williams earned two Ohio Valley Conference medals during her four seasons with the Tigerbelles.
100m Hurdles First Round
Amber Hughes – 13.47 – T-20th
Crystal Williams – 14.12 – 46th
Cyra Beard – 1.74m (5’8.5”) – T-18th