Thursday's NCAA Track & Field Championship Roundup
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 06/09/2017
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ETSU's Katrina Seymour (left) and Samford's Karisa Nelson (right)
Courtesy: Southern Conference

ETSU's Seymour Advances to 400mH Final on Saturday at NCAA Championship

EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Katrina Seymour is heading to the 400 meter hurdle finals at the NCAA Championships after posting a time of 57.22 on Thursday night at historic Hawyard Field.  

Seymour qualified after posting one of the two next fastest times out of three heats.  The final will be held on Saturday, June 10 at 7:57 p.m. (E.T.) / 4:57 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcasted on ESPN beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

By advancing to the 400mH final, the New Providence, Bahamas native has earned First Team All-American status in the women's 400mH.

In the first heat of the event, Seymour surged towards the end of the race to finish third and just miss out on second place and automatically qualifying as the second place finisher was just .7 seconds ahead.

Seymour was a part of one of the fastest heats at the NCAA Championships as she had to compete against four of the top five fastest times heading into the meet. Heading into the final, Seymour has the eighth fastest time and will compete against athletes from the University of Southern California (USC), Arizona, Texas and LSU.

Seymour becomes the first ETSU female individual athlete to advance to the event final since 2009 when Heidi Dahl did so in the 1500m.

It is the second straight year that ETSU has had athletes recognized as All-Americans with Seymour earning First Team honors and Michael Williams earning Second Team honors last season.

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Samford's Karisa Nelson Advances to National Finals in 1,500m

EUGENE, Ore. – Samford junior Karis Nelson advanced to the finals in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday evening at the University of Oregon.

Nelson ran the fastest time in Heat 2 of Thursday evening's semifinals. She ran the race in 4:18.85 to qualify for the national finals.

Nelson will compete for her second national title in Saturday's finals, scheduled for 5:41 p.m. (CT). She won the indoor national championship in the mile in March.\

Nelson has had a stellar junior season. In addition to her indoor national title, she registered the fastest collegiate time in the nation in the 1500 meters, turning in a tally of 4:10.91 at the world-renown Payton Jordan Invitational, which annually produces a collection of world-, U.S.-, and collegiate-leading times.

For all of her accomplishments, Nelson was named the Southern Conference's Female Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

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