May 29, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Jessica Gelibert of the Coastal Carolina University track & field team became the first female runner in Big South Conference history to run a sub-57 second 400m hurdles. Gelibert won her opening race at the NCAA East Preliminary Round with a Big South and CCU record time of 56.87 seconds. Gelibert’s time ranked third overall in the qualifying round and she will now move onto the quarterfinals on Friday at 7:45 p.m.
Gelibert’s preliminary heat featured runners from Akron, Auburn, Elon, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Princeton. The next fastest competitor in her heat was Alexis Franklin from Ohio State who finished in 57.74. The top overall preliminary time was achieved by Nikita Tracey of LSU. Tracey crossed the line in 56.13.
The top three from each of the three quarterfinal heats on Friday, plus the three remaining fastest times, advance to the NCAA national meet, which will take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
Junior DeAndra Lipscomb set a new Coastal Carolina program record in the 400m but it was not enough as he saw his individual season come to a close after placing fifth in his preliminary heat. He missed out on advancing to the quarterfinals by four spots. His time of 47.02 ranked 27th overall and they advanced the top 23 times plus one competitor who finished third in a heat with a time of 47.07. Lipscomb will now lead the men's 4x400 relay on Saturday at 9:25 p.m.
Junior Christina Davis also saw her season come to an end as she finished eighth in her 400m hurdles preliminary heat with a time of 1:02.04. She ranked 45th overall on the day after entering the meet as the 45th qualifier.
Gelibert will be CCU’s lone competitor on Friday as she races in the quarterfinals of the 400m hurdles. The Chants will have Reggie Nelson in the high jump and a pair of 4x400 relays during Saturday’s action.