UDM - Parris Qualifies for NCAA Prelims With Record-Setting Win

UDM - Parris Qualifies for NCAA Prelims With Record-Setting Win

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (5/15/2015) -- University of Detroit Mercy sophomore Khalil Parris (Windsor, Ont. / Sandwich) qualified for the NCAA Preliminaries on Friday after winning the 400-meter hurdles at the Gregory Final Qualifier on the campus of North Central College.

Parris cut 1.65 seconds off his previous best time in the event, easily winning the 400-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 51.02. Parris broke a 17-year old school record that was held by Mark Risch, who clocked a 51.25 back in 1998.

With the time, Parris jumps to No. 12 in the East Region and No. 28 nationally in the 400-meter hurdles, with other weekend results still pending. The top 48 student-athletes in each event for each region qualify for the NCAA Preliminaries.

Parris' time of 51.02 is the fastest time in the Horizon League dating back to 1998, and would have won him each of the Horizon League titles since that year.

Parris, the Horizon League runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles, will join teammate Colin Cashner at the NCAA East Preliminary. Cashner set school records in the hammer and has the No. 12 mark in the East Region with his 65.84-meter throw at the Penn Relays in April.

The NCAA East Preliminary is slated for May 28-30 in Jacksonville, Florida, and will be hosted by North Florida.