The qualifying heats for the men’s 110 hurdles, women’s 400 hurdles and women’s discus were held Monday night, with athletes looking to progress into the semifinal heats for the track events and the final for the women’s discus. A total of six American runners qualified for the men’s 110 hurdles and women’s 400 hurdles including 17-year old Sydney McLaughlin, who advanced to the semis of the women’s 400 on time.
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Ashley Spencer posted the second-fastest time among qualifiers for the women’s 400, winning her heat in a time of 55.12 seconds. Dalilah Muhammad finished her heat in 55.33 seconds, with McLaughlin’s time of 56.32 seconds being fast enough to get her into the semis. Jamaica’s Ristananna Tracey was the lone runner to finish with a time under 55 seconds, as she finished in 54.88 seconds. Also among the semifinal qualifiers is reigning world champion Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who finished in 55.54 seconds.
Ronnie Ash led three Americans who qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 110 hurdles with a time of 13.31 seconds, the second-fastest time of the night. Also qualifying for the semis were Devon Allen, who upon completion will return to the University of Oregon where he’s a wide receiver on the football team in addition to running track, and Jeff Porter. Allen finished his heat with a time of 13.41 seconds, with Porter finishing in 13.50 seconds.
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Jamaica’s Omar McLeod posted the fastest qualifying time, finishing in 13.27 seconds. Also among the qualifiers for the semifinals is France’s Dimitri Bascou, who finished fifth at last year’s World Championships, with a time of 13.31 seconds.
USA Track and Field wasn’t as fortunate in the women’s discus, as Kelsey Card, Shelbi Vaughan and Whitney Ashley all failed to qualify for the semifinals. Cuba’s Yaime Perez and China’s Su Xinyue were the only competitors to surpass the 65 meter mark in qualifying, with Perez’s throw of 65.38 meters leading the way and Su in second with a throw of 65.14 meters.