Coastal Wraps Up Appearance at NCAA East Preliminaries
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With coveted trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the line, Coastal Carolina redshirt senior Desmond Wallace and redshirt sophomore Aynslee van Graan both headed into the third day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round looking to advance to the national meet with strong finishes in their respective events.
For Wallace and Van Graan, the final day of the NCAA East Preliminaries was all about securing a spot in the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which is scheduled for June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.
In order to advance to the meet, Wallace needed to finish in the top 12 in the 110m HH and Van Graan in the 1,500m.
Unfortunately for Coastal fans, both fell just short of punching tickets to Oregon. On Saturday afternoon, Wallace finished fourth in his heat and 13th overall, crossing the finish line at 13.65.
The Columbia, S.C., native missed qualifying for the national meet by just a fraction of a second (.02).
While he came up short of advancing, Wallace showed off incredible skill and athleticism, setting a new personal-best as well as a CCU school record. The previous school record in the men's 110m HH was 13.68, a mark Wallace set earlier this season.
As for Van Graan, she finished 10th in her heat and 21st overall, crossing the finish line at 4:29.44. She fell just short of Maryland's Alexandra Lucki (4:20.90) for the final qualifying spot to the national championships.
In other action on day three of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Coastal's team of Therius Styles, Ryan McCain, Kahlim Denmark and Chiason Tenkiang finished seventh in their heat and 23rd overall in the 4x100m relay, finishing at 41.06.