Sartor-Francis Qualifies To Saturday's Quarterfinals on Day Two
May 31, 2014
“I just listened to the coaching advice that Coach Cooksey has been giving me all year, especially the advice of running hard all the way through the finish line,” Sartor-Francis said on advancing as a non-automatic qualifier. “I understood that I was not going to finish in one of the top three spots to automatically qualify me to Saturday, so I knew that the harder I ran the better chance I had to qualify as one of the final runners to compete in Saturday’s quarterfinals.”
Sartor-Francis competed in the first of six heats in the 200m dash, finishing fourth with a time of 21:10. Following the final five heats, the sophomore’s time was one of the top six remaining runners who did not earn a top three spot in their respective heat to qualify for the quarterfinals. With only three heats Saturday, Sartor-Francis will need to either finish in the top three of his heat or have one of the three fastest non-automatic qualifying marks to advance to the NCAA Championship.
Qualifying as the 48th and final competitor in the 3000m steeplechase, junior Shane O’Donnell (Norfolk, Va.) ran a personal-best 8:57.50 to finish 24th overall. O’Donnell beat out Patriot League foes Alec Olson (Boston University) and Tyler Erhard (Bucknell). This was just the first time in his career competing in the NCAA East Region Preliminaries.
Navy’s Zack Duncavage (Sr., League City, Texas), Jiles Maness (So., Winston Salem, N.C.), Steve Schroeder (So., Monticello, Ill.) will join Sartor-Francis Saturday to compete for a spot in the NCAA Championship