JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Jarrell Elliott, North Carolina A&T's outstanding 400 meter runner, is headed to Des Moines, Iowa.
Elliott ran a 46.03 in the 400 to place third in his heat at the 2012 NCAA Division I East Regional Track and Field Preliminary Round held at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium, Friday evening. His third place finish was good enough for him to qualify for the 400 meter semifinals at the NCAA National Championships June 6-9 in Iowa.
Already this season in the 400, Elliott has already qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., placed second at the MEAC Outdoor Championships and on Friday, he placed seventh among 27 competitors.
"I was feeling good going into the race. I was focused on trying to make it in the top three, that way I didn't have to worry about making it based on time," said Elliott. "It takes some pressure off of me, so now I can focus on the 4x100 and 4x400 relays tomorrow."
Unfortunately, Elliott was the only Aggie to qualify for Des Moines in an individual event.
There is still an opportunity for Torrance Womack to qualify, as he will compete in the men's 200 meter quarterfinals on Saturday. Womack finished fifth in his heat, but his time of 21.15 was enough to move him to the next round of competition. In the same event, Earl House did not qualify.
Although Dotrine Jacobs had an impressive time of 13.65 in the women's 100 meter hurdles, she was unable to qualify for the semifinals. Jacobs along with Jenea McCammon competed for an opportunity to go to the Nationals in the women's 400 meter hurdles. Neither broke the 58-second mark needed to advance.
Paris Simmons also had a tough loss, as he was only one spot away from qualifying for the semifinals in the men's 800 meters. Simmons finished 13th overall with a time of 1:49.24.
The Aggies still have an opportunity to send more athletes to the nationals with the women's 4x100 meter relay and the men's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays. The men's 4x100 meter relay starts 6 p.m., Saturday, followed by the women's event. The men's 4x400 will begin at 9:25 p.m.