Strong Finish Propels Finch into 800m Quarterfinals

JACKSONVILLE Fla. – A strong finish from Gemma Finch in the first round of the women’s 800m Thursday evening in Jacksonville, Fla. propelled the senior into the quarterfinals. Finch nearly broke her own school record, missing it by just .59 seconds, to finish third in her heat with a time of 2:05.88.
 
Finch found herself in fifth with just 200 meters remaining, but made a move on the outside at the beginning of the curve to improve her standing to fourth. A burst on the home stretch the vaulted Finch into third place in her heat and an automatic qualifying spot in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
 
Edita Sklenska, competing in heat two, posted a time of 2:07.02 to finish 34th overall at the regional.
 
Up Next
Titus Sizemore kicks off the day at noon CT in the men’s high jump while Matthew Likely looks to punch his ticket to Eugene in the 200m at 7:10 p.m. CT.
 

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