Yesterday in the prelims of NCAA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Villanova had two athletes competing.
On the women's side, Shericka Ward ran a personal best time of 13.09 seconds in the 100 meter hurdles, but missed the finals be a mere four hundredths of a second, completing a fine college career, and a senior season that could have very easily been ended by an injury she suffered at the Penn Relays. Right now, Ward is on the cusp of making the Olympic Trials, and we'll see if she'll try to improve on her time next week to try to lock herself into the field at Eugene. Defending champion Sheila Reid and her All-American teammate Bogdana Mimic will compete in the 5000m final on Saturday.
On the men's side, indoor All-American Sam McEntee made the NCAA final in the 1500m (Saturday at 12:17 Eastern Time) by finishing fifth in his heat, the slower of the two, running a torrid pace in the final straight to do so. McEntee joins Sam Ellison as an NCAA finalist this season. Ellison will be running today at 7:10 ET in the 800m final, making him the 14th Villanova half-miler to compete in the final of the 800m/880 yards.
Ellison's race is on ESPN3 tonight.