JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Milica Kulidzan has followed up her school-record performance in the javelin at the Mid-American Conference Championships with an even more impressive feat - breaking the school record again by more than three feet and qualifying for the NCAA National Championships on Thursday at the East Preliminaries.
Kulidzan launched a mark of 154-10 on her second of three throws in the first round, which put her in the lead after the second of three flights and held out for sixth place overall. The top twelve in each event advanced to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning June 6.
"We saw a student-athlete who was very calm, focused and competitive," director of track and field and cross country Willie Randolph said. "She went out there and gave everything she had and we're grateful that it resulted in a mark that has earned her an opportunity to advance to the next stage at the NCAA National Championships."
Her mark Thursday replaces her previous school record of 151-03, set just two weeks ago.
Junior thrower Alex Rose finished 21st in the discus with a mark of 169-11.
Freshman hurdler Bridget Doughty finished 38th in 1:00.92 in the 400m hurdles first round, up seven spots from her initial seeding of 45.
Senior Holly Anderson, the school record-holder in both the outdoor 10,000m run and the indoor 5,000m run, finished 43rd in the 10,000m run with a time of 38:10.71.
Senior hurdler Branden Post, a two-time MAC Champion in the 400m hurdles, suffered an injury leading up to the weekend and was unable to compete in the 400m hurdles prelims.