Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday: Davis & Ofili advance

Candice Davis and Tiffany Ofili both survived the first day of hurdle races, qualifying for the semifinals on Sunday. In her race, Ofili ran 12.84 (1.1w) for third. Davis ran in the last quarterfinal, clocking 12.87 (1.7) for third.

Both Davis and Ofili had easily advanced out of the first round of the 100 hurdles. In heat one, they faced a slight (-0.1) headwind. The first four would automatically advance. Davis won in 12.92, and Ofili ran 13.19 for 3rd. In the final heat, Landria Buckley, a Romulus alum who runs for Howard, finished a non-qualifying 7th in 13.73.

In the steeplechase, we sometimes see athletes produce their best races just to get into the final. That's certainly what happened to our guys, Jordan Desilets and Corey Nowitzke. The two stuck together in the early laps, but never were able to get into the mix. Desilets finished 8th in 8:38.84, and Nowitzke 10th in 8:47.10. PRs from either of them would have put them into 4th place.

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