FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A pair of North Texas athletes moved one step closer to the national finals on Thursday during the opening day of the NCAA West Preliminary Track and Field Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.
Clinton Collins advanced to the quarterfinal round of the men’s 400 meters, while Chastity Stewart advanced to the quarterfinal round of the women’s 400 hurdles.
Collins took first in the opening heat in a time of 46.24 seconds and will enter today’s quarterfinals with the seventh-fastest qualifying time.
Stewart placed third in the sixth heat, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. Her time of 59.41 placed 23rd out of the 24 qualifiers.
The top 12 finishers in each event at the meet will advance to the national finals in Eugene, Ore., which begin June 11.
UNT had several other athletes compete on the opening day of the meet.
Anthony Hamilton finished 43rd in the 400 in 47.80.
Distance specialist Troy Taylor closed out his sophomore season with a 30th-place finish in the 1,500 in a time of 3 minutes, 46.26 seconds.
Mona Landry finished 35th in the long jump at 5.67 meters.
Senior javelin thrower Tom Kalisky finished his UNT career with a 36th-place finish with a throw of 59.52 meters. Kalisky posted the second-best throw in school history earlier in the season at 64.02 meters in the UTEP Invitational.
Collin Heard will compete in the 200 today. Heard is seeded fourth in his heat with his time of 20.93.
Charlotte Wilson could have a chance to advance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after posting a school record-breaking performance of 10:13.10 earlier in the season. She has the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the first heat.