May 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In one of the closest finishes of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Coastal Carolina University sophomore Jessica Gelibert missed out on a trip to the NCAA National Championship by four-thousandths of a second. Gelibert finished fifth in the first quarterfinal heat of the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.406. Senior Evonne Britton of Penn State finished fourth in the heat with a time of 57.402.
Both Gelibert and Britton had to wait for the final two heats to run to see if they would advance to the NCAA National Championship. After the second heat, Britton and Gelibert sat in the final two qualifying spots but Leah Nugent of Kentucky would push Gelibert out of qualifying contention with a time of 57.11 in the final heat. Britton earned the final qualifying spot, edging Gelibert by .004 seconds.
Gelibert finished 13th overall, which is two spots better than her 2013 NCAA East Preliminary Round finish.
Gelibert will be back in action tomorrow as she is part of CCU’s 4x400 relay team. The Chanticleers advanced to the NCAA National Championship last season in the 4x400 and Gelibert was part of that Honorable Mention All-American squad.