GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore sprinter Mercedes Jackson (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) clipped her school-record time even lower as she finished 13th overall in the preliminary round of the 100m dash of the NCAA East Regionals, Thursday evening at North Carolina A&T's Irwin Bell Track at Aggie Stadium.
Having edged her own record down to 11.51 while winning the ECAC Championships two weeks ago, Jackson continued her progress to the NCAA Championships in Oregon by running a career-best time of 11.46 on Thursday. The sophomore standout finished second in heat four behind Clemson's Dezerea Bryant (10.36) to advance to Friday. Aurieyall Scott of Central Florida posted the best time of the prelim round, crossing the line in 11.15.
The top-12 times from Friday's finals advance to the national meet at the University of Oregon.
In the men's race, senior Dennison Long (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt/FIU) ran his second-fastest time of the season, 10.47, to place sixth in heat five, and 31st overall. Isiah Young from Ole Miss set the pace in the prelim round with a time of 9.99.
Long set his career-best time earlier this year when he won the 100m dash at the Mason Spring Invitational with a time of 10.39.
The second day of the three-day regional meet opens on Friday morning with the women's hammer throw at 10:00 a.m. In addition to racing in the 100m dash semifinals, Jackson will run in the 200m prelims tomorrow. Two other Retrievers will compete on Friday as senior Trae Proctor (Brandywine, Md./Thomas Stone) will run in the 110m hurdle prelims and freshman Vincent Rentzsch (Oranienburg, Germany) will try to earn a trip to the West Coast in the javelin.