EUGENE, ORE., - RJ Alowonle ran 50.40 to qualify for the final of the men's 400-meter hurdles that will take place Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Javonte Lipsey also ran in the 400 hurdles and ran 50.80 but did not make the finals.
"I'm really proud of both RJ and Javonte," hurdle coach Steve Rubin said. "They both ran strong clean races and did it on a big stage against some of the best in the world. Obviously I'm disappointed that Javonte didn't advance because I know he's fast enough to do that and more. He's overcome an incredible amount of obstacles this season to get here and it's a tough pill to swallow for sure."
Alowonle took off to an early lead in his heat and held on to it most of the heat. Coming down the last 100 meters Alowonle was passed by Colorado State's Trevor Brown but fended off Baylor's Timothy Holmes to take second in the heat and automatically advance to the final.
Lipsey drew the toughest heat with the top two qualifiers running below 50.00 in his heat. Lipsey was able to outrun the rest of the heat but finished with the 10th best time of all competitors placing him two spots out of the final. The top two competitors from each heat advanced plus the next two best times.
Alowonle and Lipsey will be back in action tomorrow with Kwame Donyinah and Ceo Ways to compete in the men's 4x400 meter relay. The relay team will compete at 6:20 p.m. PT.
Lizzy Whelan will make her NCAA Outdoor Championships debut tomorrow in the women's 1,500. Whelan will run at 4:30 p.m. PT in the first heat.
Xenia Rahn will compete tomorrow in the women's heptathlon. Rahn will compete in the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 events tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. PT.
A recap of performances and results will be available on Goheels.com at the conclusion of the day. Follow the team's Twitter account (@UNCTrack_field) to get instant updates on the Tar Heels competing tomorrow.