T&F’s Houlihan, Men’s 4x400m Relay Qualify For Finals At NCAAs

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EUGENE, Ore.—Arizona State track and field’s junior Shelby Houlihan qualified for the 1500m run finals and the men’s 4x400m relay did the same on Thursday at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

Houlihan finished at 4:21.19 for second in her heat and 10th overall, automatically qualifying for the finals on Saturday at 2:29 p.m. PT.

The men’s 4x400m relay team of senior Keith Cleveland, senior Will Henry, redshirt junior Devan Spann, and senior Daveon Collins ran the team’s best time this year at 3:04.88, and qualified for the finals on Saturday at 3:47 p.m. PT with the seventh-best time overall. ASU had previously finished in ninth, but a team ahead was disqualified following the completion of the race.

In the 200m dash semifinals, Spann ran 21.19, sixth in his heat and 19th overall.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of senior Sarah Geren, freshman LaTroya Franklin, senior Alycia Herring, and junior Brianna Tate ran 3:37.02, for seventh in their heat and 18th overall.

Redshirt senior Anna Jelmini closed out her storied Sun Devil career with an 11th place finish in the women’s discus with a throw of 52.72m (172.11). The placement will earn her second-team All-America honors.

ASU will have only one competitor on Friday as junior Bryan McBride competes in the high jump competition, which begins at 3:20 p.m. PT. On Saturday, sophomore Josh Dixon will compete in the triple jump trials and finals at 12:30 p.m. PT, while Houlihan and the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams will represent ASU on the track.

ASU Results
Women’s 1500m Run
10. Shelby Houlihan – 4:21.19 (Qualifies for Saturday finals)

Men’s 200m Dash
19. Devan Spann – 21.19

Men’s 4x400m Relay
7. ASU – 3:04.88 (Qualifies for Saturday finals)

Women’s 4x400m Relay
18. ASU – 3:37.02

Women’s Discus
11. Anna Jelmini - 52.72m (172.11)

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