May 29, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV track & field's Krystal Wharton and Auzsane Crowe-Carter had strong showings on the first day (Thursday) of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Preliminary Championships. Both Rebels advanced in their respective events with Wharton earning a trip to NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. (June 11-14) in the long jump, while Crowe-Carter moves onto Friday's quarterfinals in the 800m. The three-day event is hosted by the University of Arkansas at John McDonnell Field.
The Scarlet & Gray got the day started properly with Wharton's 10th-place finish in the long jump behind a personal-best distance of 20-1.5 (6.13m). The career leap came on her second attempt of the day.
Amber Sanford was a second Rebel to compete in the long jump, but her best leap of 18-10 (5.74m) placed her 33rd overall.
Crowe-Carter, who finished first overall at the Mountain West's Outdoor Championships two weeks ago, qualified for the quarterfinals with the ninth-fastest time of 2:07.14. She finished fourth in her heat (third), but was the top qualifier based on time.
Joining Crowe-Carter at the track Friday will be teammate Erin Morris, who will participate in the 100m hurdles at 5:30 pm CT (3:30 pm PT). Crowe-Carter's run in the 800m quarters will take place nearly two hours later at 7:15 pm CT (5:15 pm PT).
The 4x400m relay (Crowe-Carter, Kenia Bonilla, Alva Castillo and Noela Estrada) and Miller will have to wait until Saturday, the third and final day of competition, for their opportunity to compete.