Annie Alexander was T&T's most impressive performer at the NCAA regional preliminaries as she smashed the women's national discus mark with a throw of 58.58m on Saturday night. The two-time World Junior finalist got her winning throw in the third round to improve on the previous national mark of 57.68m she set in the Kentucky, US in 2008. Mc Neese State's Ashlee Smith (48.69) was 19th. Semoy Hackett clocked 23.22 to win the women's 200m semifinals, ahead of Kai Selvon (Auburn) 23.44. Hackett was also part of LSU team which was clocked the best time of the day of 43.60 in the sprint relay. Florida State, with Britney St Louis in the line-up, was fourth in 44.25. T'Keyah Dumoy and her Florida International teammates were 21st in 46.42 and did not qualify. Selvon's Auburn outfit did not finish.
However, Auburn returned to come out of top in the women's 4x400m heats clocking 3:31:50. In the men's 4x400m, LSU with Ade Alleyne Forte was quickest running 3:03: 95 ahead of Jovon Toppin's Florida in fourth (3:04:27). Adonnis Cambell bowed out in the semifinal round of the men's 110m hurdles finishing 16th in 14.25 as only the top 12 advanced. In the Eastern Regional at the University of Oregon, Zwede Hewitt helped Baylor University advance in the men's 4x100 and 4x400m relays. In the sprint relay prelims, Baylor was third in 39.61 finishing second in heat two while in the first round of the mile relay Baylor was fourth quickest clocking 3:06:68 to win the first race. Deborah John was eliminated at the semifinal stage of the women's 100m hurdles. The North Dakota State student finished 19th in 13.70 as only the top 12 advanced. Fellow hurdler Durrel Busby (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) was also 19th in the men's 110m hurdles clocking 14.17 seconds.