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DeGrave Advances To Quarterfinals At NCAA West Regional

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: May 26, 2011
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Junior Jon DeGrave
Courtesy: Drake Athletics

Thursday, May 26, 2011

EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Jon DeGrave (Lake Villa, Ill.) had the ninth-fastest time in the preliminary rounds of the 400-meter hurdles to qualify for the quarterfinals at the NCAA West Regional on Thursday (May 26).


DeGrave was timed in 51.07, his second-best time of the year. DeGrave has a personal best time of 50.92, which he set at the Drake Relays earlier this season.


“I’m pretty happy with how aggressively I came out today,” commented DeGrave. "There are some things that I can still improve on for tomorrow, but I think that if I am able to make those adjustments that I will have a shot to advance.”


The quarterfinals of the 400-meter hurdles, which consists of 24 competitors, will take place on Friday (May 27) at 7:35 p.m. CT at historic Hayward Field. 12 runners will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championship held at Drake Stadium (June 8-11).


Sophomore Kevin Harp (Iowa City, Iowa) saw his season draw to a close in the preliminary rounds of the javelin throw.  Harp’s best throw of the afternoon was 180 feet 9 inches during rainy and cool conditions.


Freshman Omet Kak (Des Moines, Iowa) was 41st in the preliminary round of the 1500 and did not advance to the quarterfinals. Kak was clocked in 3:51.87.


Fellow freshman Brogan Austin (Boone, Iowa), in only his second 10,000-meter race of his collegiate race, placed 36th finishing in 30:28.59.

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