GENEVA, OHIO – Alli Uhl set a new personal best and came a hair’s breadth away from qualifying for the 800-meter final as three members of the TCNJ women’s track and field team competed in individual events on day two of the open-air championship NCAA air Friday at the SPIRE Institute.
Uhl crossed the line in 2:10.10 to place fourth in his heat and 10e in total, just over a tenth of a second behind the ninth and last qualifying place for the championship on Saturday. The time was the best of his career and good for fourth place on the program’s all-time performance list.
Uhl also ran the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship and was making his second career individual appearance at the national meet.
Amanda Demko and Maria Grill made their individual debut in national championship competition by competing in the 400 meter preliminaries. Demko ranked 12e in 56.79, while Grill was 19e at 57.56.
The Three Lions will be back in action on Saturday at the end of the Outdoor Championship. Demko and Grill will join Ashlyn McLure and Valandra Riggins in the 4×100 meter relay championship at 12:05 p.m., while Demko, Grill, Uhl and Eliza Bruncaj will go for gold in the 4×400 meters relay final at 3:50 p.m.