Miller, Franklin Lead Track & Field on Day One of NCAA Regional Championships

Miller, Franklin Lead Track & Field on Day One of NCAA Regional Championships

Miller posted the third-fastest time in the first round of the 400 hurdles (Gil Talbot).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Opening the 2016 NCAA East Region Championships on a high note, junior Jade Miller and senior Autumne Franklin advanced to the regional finals after strong times in the 400 hurdles.

Miller took first in the opening heat of the 400 hurdles with a time of 56.90 seconds, which was the third-quickest time in the opening round. Franklin advanced to the quarterfinals with a time of 58.07, taking second in the final heat of the day. The duo will race to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Both hurdlers made the final event a year ago, and will also compete as members of the 4x100 and 4x400 relays on Saturday.

"It was great to see Jade and Autumne earn automatic qualifying spots to tomorrow's quarterfinals in the 400m hurdles," said Jason Saretsky, the William W. 'Bill' McCurdy Director of Track & Field/Cross Country. "I'm looking forward to tomorrow's action to get underway."

Freshman Myles Marshall took fourth in his heat in the 800 meters, missing a chance to go to the regional finals by less than a second. The first-year student-athlete stopped the clock at 1:51.26 in his first NCAA appearance.

The Crimson will be represented in six events on Friday – the women's 200 meters, 3,000 steeplechase and 400 hurdles, men's javelin, and the team will be represented in both the men's and women's discus. The first events will get underway at noon.