GENEVA, Ohio - Gallaudet University made its return to the NCAA outdoor track and field championships here Thursday for the first time in six years.
In the early evening, Bison freshman sprinter Eric Gregory (Metairie, La.) lined up in the first heat of three in the 200-meter dash preliminaries at the SPIRE Institute. Gregory was in the 8th lane and flew around the turn during the 200-meter dash and bolted towards the finish line. Gregory crossed in 21.68 seconds and was the fourth person in his heat to complete the race. Two other heats had to be run before Gregory would know if he made the cut to Saturday's finals, where the top nine runners advance.
In the second heat, four runners were faster than Gregory's time including the top finisher, sophomore Corey Carter from Principia, who crossed in 21.04. The GU rookie still stood in eighth place with the third heat about to run. In the final heat, five of the seven runners finished slower than Gregory but, unfortunately, two runners posted faster times to bump Gregory to 10th overall as he just missed the finals cut by eighth hundredths of a second.
Gregory's top time in the 200-meter dash this season was 21.39 set back on April 20 at the Gallaudet University Invitational. That time would have been the third fastest time in the nationals preliminaries.
"This season has been an exciting journey full of highs and lows, victories and defeats. Every accomplishment and every set back has its lesson in this roller coaster ride of track and field. Eric Gregory may not have made it to the finals, this season, but he now knows what it takes to get here," said Gallaudet coach Byron Moore. "Eric has a bright future ahead of him for sure and I am looking forward to seeing what he is capable of achieving."
This completes the 2019 Gallaudet men's track and field season. Gregory finishes the season with three school records (two outdoor, one indoor).
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