FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Christina Manning ran a time of 8.22 in the 60m hurdles preliminaries Friday at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships to qualify for the national championship race Saturday evening.
An up-and-coming talent from Waldorf, Md., Manning finished in a tie for seventh to claim the final qualifying spot. Teammate and fellow Maryland native Letecia Wright fell short of qualification for the championship race, as the junior finished in the 12th-place with a time of 8.24. Queen Quedith Harrison (7.98) leads the field headed into Saturday’s final.
Manning was unable to duplicate her hurdle success in the 200m dash prelims, as she finished in 18th with a time of 24.07. Penn State All-American and Big Ten 200m champion Shavon Greaves sprinted her way into the championship race with the best time of the preliminary round (23.11).
Shaniqua McGinnis – Big Ten 400m dash champion – failed to qualify for the finals in the 400m. McGinnis had owned the third-best time coming into the preliminaries, but the sophomore settled for a 13th-place finish in 53.95. Francena McCorory sits atop the field going into Saturday after running to a first-place time of 52.14.
Saturday’s action begins at approximately 3:00 p.m. ET in Fayetteville. McGinnis will race for the national title at approximately 7:45 p.m. ET.