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Thorpe Advances On Day Two

The second day of NCAA East Regionals featured fewer members of the team but just as much excitement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The second day of NCAA East Regionals featured fewer members of the team but just as much excitement as individuals competed in two field events as well as side by side in the 100m hurdles.

Rachel Tanczos competed in her second of three events at the regional championships with a day-best mark of 51.74m in discus for 18th overall.

Newcomer Austin Parsons took part in his first NCAA Regional meet, recording a 22nd place finish in the men’s javelin with a throw of 63.60m.

Competing together in the same heat, Summer Thorpe and Jernaya Sharp both battled for a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinal. Thorpe automatically qualified with a 13.21 second, third place finish in her heat and 10th overall. Sharp crossed the line seventh in the heat, in 13.85 seconds for 39th overall.

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The field will be represented by two Irish women in shot put as Abbey Kapitan makes her 2019 NCAA East Region Championship debut and Rachel Tanczos competes in her third event of the weekend.

The track will feature 1,500m first round winner Yared Nuguse who currently sits third in the nation along with the nation’s second-best women’s time in Jessica Harris who took second in Thursday’s first round.

In the sprints, Summer Thorpe will lace the spikes up again in the 100m hurdles following her 10th place finish in the first round Friday afternoon.

Harris will again race in the 5K at 8:05 p.m. ET alongside teammates Jackie Gaughan and Rachel DaDamio. Gaughan has already earned a spot in Austin in the women’s 10K after her second place finish Thursday night while DaDamio is looking to improve upon her silver medal 5K performance at the ACC Championships earlier this month.

The final competitor at the regional meet will be Andrew Alexander who looks to qualify for the National Championship meet in the men’s 5K after his third place finish in Charlottesville for the conference championships.

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