On the final day of the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary in Sacramento, Calif., the Sam Houston men punched two more tickets to the Finals in Oregon.
Things got started for the Kats on the track, with the 4x100 relay team advancing. The foursome of Fabian McCall, Chris Jefferson, AJ Tisdel and Lawrence Coleman finished fourth in their heat, but their time of 39.83 was good enough for the 8th-fastest time and earned them one of the three at large qualifying spots.
This will be the first time the Bearkats will run in the sprint relay at the NCAA Finals in program history.
At the end of the night, it was freshman Zachary Johnson earning his way to Eugene. Johnson posted the top mark in the first flight of the triple jump with a leap of 51-feet-2 ¾, a career best. He then had to watch as 29 other athletes competed. When the dust settled, Johnson finished 12th, the final qualifying spot for Eugene.
Johnson will be the second Bearkat to compete in the triple jump at the NCAA Finals. Charles White finished 17th in 2012.
In other action on Saturday, Jefferson just missed out on advancing in the 200-meter dash. Jefferson, who qualified in the 100 on Friday, finished 6th in his heat, running a 20.85. His time was 13th and he missed on qualifying by .03 seconds.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team finished 7th in their heat and 21st overall. Tyler Adams finished 23rd in the high jump and Tristyn Allen finished 35th in the triple jump.
Johnson and the relay team will be join by Josh Hernandez (hammer throw), Jefferson (100) and Clayton Fritsch (pole vault) who all qualified on Thursday and Friday.