June 21, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Freshman Jessica Gelibert raced her way into the 400 meter hurdles final of the USA Track & Field Junior Championships with the third fastest time in the qualifying heats. Fellow freshman Matthew Lights finished fourth in his qualifying heat but was unable to advance to the finals of the men’s 400 meter hurdles.
Gelibert finished second in her heat with a time of 58.81 but her time would have won two of the other three heats. She heads to the finals as the third seed as Jade Miller, of Harvard, finished with the top qualifying time of 58.52 while Melissa Gonzalez, of Texas, finished second. Gelibert will compete tomorrow at 2:38 p.m.
Lights finished the 400 meter hurdles with the ninth fastest qualifying time at 53.53. Scottie Hearns, of Mississippi State, picked up the top qualifying time of 50.98 while Khallifah Rosser, of Chaffey College, came in second at 51.80.
Gelibert, freshman Jordan Entwistle and alum Amber Campbell will all be in action tomorrow. Entwistle kicks things off at 1 pm in the javelin, Gelibert follows at 2:38 pm in the 400mH finals and Campbell competes at 4:30 pm in the women’s hammer throw. All three events can be seen live online at usatf.tv.