East and Clarke finish 2021 campaigns at NCAA East Preliminaries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | David East and Matthew Clarke finished their 2021 campaigns Friday night at the NCAA Preliminary Meet at North Florida in the 100- and 200-meters

The 100-meter quarterfinals featured eight of the top 12 runners advancing through by recording season best performances, with Cole Beck of Virginia Tech picking up the final spot at nationals with a time of 10.098 while seven other runners finished at 10.19 or faster overall.

East finished seventh in the opening heat of the quarterfinals, running a time of 10.23 seconds in a heat won by JoVaughn Martin of Florida State with a time of 9.97 seconds – the fastest in the event. He was one of just two runners in the heat not from a Power 5, joining Gabriel Nash of Charlotte who finished fifth in the heat with a time of 10.12 seconds.

Meanwhile, in the 200-meters, Clarke finished fourth in the third heat of the day with a time of 20.63 seconds and finishing .30 seconds out of an automatic qualifying spot from his heat – behind Martin of Florida State. He also finished just .13 seconds out a qualifying time with Tyler Davis of Florida running a time of 20.54 seconds to pick up the final spot at nationals. He finished ahead of Dominique Alexander of Campbell (20.69), Dedrick Vanover of Florida (20.74), Elijah Driver of Ole Miss (20.92), and Northwestern State’s Kennedy Harrison (21.19).

East finished eighth in his final race of the season with a time of 21.06 seconds, finishing just behind Matthew Likely of Troy (20.87) and Daniel Stokes of North Carolina A&T (20.72). The overall 2000-meters was won by LSU’s Terrance Laird in a time of 19.932 seconds, just ahead of Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh in a time of 19.936 seconds.

The NCAA East Preliminary ends Saturday with the women’s events concluding the weekend.

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