WMU - Campbell Wins Heat, Advances to Quarterfinals in 400 Hurdles

WMU - Campbell Wins Heat, Advances to Quarterfinals in 400 Hurdles

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Western Michigan track and field's Iris Campbell took first place in her heat and 15th overall to advance to the quarterfinals of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at North Carolina A&T State on Thursday evening.

Campbell finished with a time of 58.41 seconds in the third heat despite drawing the No. 1 lane, which traditionally is a difficult lane to run in the 400-meter hurdles.

"Iris got out really fast and looked really relaxed," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She ran a very smooth race and didn't hit any hurdles. That was a tough lane assignment but she did a great job battling with that and was in the lead going into the final hurdle."

She competes in Friday's quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. and must finish in the top 12 to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Almost advancing to the NCAA Championships was junior thrower Andrea Hiler. Hiler just missed out, finishing in 13th place and just over a foot behind the 12th and final qualifying spot with a distance of 49.34 meters (161-10). She headed into the finals in 13th but was unable to best her top distance from the preliminary round to make an improvement. Hiler now waits until Saturday when she gets to compete in the shot put.

Andrea Arnold competed in the 400-meter dash and Aisha Hodge competed in the 800-meter run but both missed out on the top 24 and failed to advance.