LEXINGTON, Ky. – Rhode Island sophomore Adam Franklin advanced to the quarterfinals of the men's 400 hurdles at the NCAA Division I Men's Track & Field East Regional Thursday evening.
Franklin ran in the most competitive first-round heat of the 400 hurdles of the first round, as five of the eight runners in the heat moved on to the quarterfinals. Franklin finished in a time of 52.81 seconds, ranking 24th out of the 48 runners. He edged Lipscomb's Wayne Newman by .02 seconds to grab the final qualifying time.
Franklin will run again Friday night. The quarterfinals will feature three heats of eight runners. The top three finishers in each heat, plus the next three fastest finishers, will qualify for a spot in the national championships in Eugene, Ore.
Freshman Gregory McManus had a strong showing as well Thursday, placing 29th out of 48 competitors in the javelin. McManus had a best throw of 58.81 meters (192 feet, 11 inches). It was strong experience for McManus, whose top throw this season – 72.29 meters on April 2 – would have been the third best throw at the East prelims.
The third Ram to compete Thursday was junior Casey Burley in the long jump. Burley finished 40th out of 48. His best jump of the day was 6.91 meters (22 feet, eight inches).
In addition to Franklin in the quarterfinals of the 400 hurdles, Rhode Island will have three more representatives competing Friday. Ondrej Honka and Ryan Wilkes will participate in the pole vault, while Nigel Hill will race in the 200 meters.
Franklin Advances to 400 Hurdle Quarterfinals at NCAA East Regional