OFFICIAL RESULTS: 100 Meters | 110M Hurdles | 400 Meter Hurdles
JACKSONVILLE – Jayden Sloan will move on to Friday night’s 400-meter hurdles quarterfinals at Hodges Stadium after nabbing the last qualifying spot during the opening night of the 2023 NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla.
Despite an unlucky draw placing him in lane one, the junior from Abilene finished 23rd overall with a time of 51.666 just edging out Clayton Elder of Alabama for the last “at large” spot. Sloan becomes the first Privateer in school history to reach a quarterfinal race in the 400-meter hurdles and is the only quarterfinalist from the Southland in the discipline.
Elliott Cummings, making his third appearance at an NCAA Regional, finished his 100-meter dash in 10.32, ahead of DeMarkes Stradford of Charlotte, T’Marrs McCallum of Tennessee and Simon Wulff of Northwestern State. Elliott’s time placed him 35th overall, the best among Southland runners in the 100 on Wednesday afternoon.
Jorim Bangue looked to get the day off to a strong start for New Orleans, but his starting block moved causing the big man to stumble. Bangue recovered well but finished his 110-meter hurdles heat in 14.25 – good for 42nd place in his NCAA Regional debut.
HEAD COACH BROCK MOREAUX
“We had a couple hits and couple misses today but that’s championship racing. Overall, I am happy with where our group is mentally going into the Friday finals.”
“Jayden ran an awesome race today. He got the unlucky lane one draw but didn’t let that affect him and fought to the finish for a qualifying spot. I’m excited to see him give it another go on Friday.”
35 Elliott Cummings 10:32 (prelims)
42 Jorim Bangue 14.25 (prelims)
23 Jayden Sloan 51.67* (prelims) q
Elliott Cummings, Ellis Cummings, Mason Melancon and Jayden Sloan will run the 4×100-meter relay on Friday afternoon for the Privateers at 4:00 p.m. CST. The top three teams in each heat and the next three fastest times will advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.
Sloan will compete for a spot in the NCAA Championships as well with the men’s 400-meter hurdle finals set to start at 7:25 p.m. CST on Friday night. Jayden will race in the second heat, once again in lane one, with the top three winners of all three heats and the next three fastest times all qualifying for a trip to the NCAA Championships.
Fans can tune in on ESPN+ to watch remaining days of the NCAA East Regional.
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