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Track & field: UNT’s White advances to NCAA finals

North Texas senior Steven White advanced to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday night by posting a school-record time of 49.82 seconds.

White finished second in the first of three preliminary heats of the race. The top two finishers in each heat, plus the competitors with the next two best times advanced.

The final will take place at 6:40 p.m. Friday, when White will be one of eight competitors in the national title race.

White earned All-America honors by advancing to the final and is the first UNT track athlete to earn that distinction since Brandi Stanfield in the triple jump in the 2006 indoor season.

White entered the meet with the seventh fastest qualifying time at 50.22 seconds, just off his time of 49.93 at the Sun Belt Conference meet.

White surpassed his time from the conference meet and finished just behind Michael Stigler of Kansas, who won the heat in a time of 49.66. White missed advancing to the final last season, when he finished 14th.