Mangold Qualifies For Saturday Night’s 400-Meter Finals At NCAA Track & Field Championships
LA CROSSE, Wisc. -- Washington & Jefferson College junior Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) posted the eighth-fastest time during the 400 meters Friday night at the 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at Roger Harring Stadium.
Mangold advances to the 400-meter finals which will be held tomorrow at 4:40 pm EDT. Just over an hour later, Mangold will compete in the 400-meter hurdle finals after she qualified with the third-best time for that national championship event last evening.
The winner of the three 400-meter heats earned spots in the finals, while the next six top times advanced as well. A total of 22 runners competed and the top eight finishers from the finals earn All-America status.
On Friday night, Mangold took fourth place in the third heat at 56.33 seconds. Ashante Little of Wheaton (Mass.) recorded the top time at 55.85 seconds, while Mangold’s heat was won by Emory’s Kaele Leonard (56.00).
Mangold is the second President in the past three years to compete in the 400 meters at the national championships. Michelle Wuenstel ’11 placed sixth at the 2011 nationals and set the school record (55.59) during the prelims.
In addition to Mangold’s two races tomorrow, sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) will look for her second All-America award of the week when she competes in the 5,000 meters at 6:30 pm EDT. Galligan placed fifth in the 10,000 meters Thursday to become W&J’s third female outdoor track & field NCAA All-American.