Metivier Smashes School Record at NCAA West Preliminary Round

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Malik Metivier (Toronto, Ontario) broke a 7-year-old Drake University school record in the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 50.16 at the NCAA Track & Field West Preliminary Round Thursday evening. Metivier’s time was the third-fastest time at the NCAA West Preliminary to advance him to Friday’s quarterfinal round with the opportunity to qualify for next month’s NCAA Championship.His performance is also the 12th fastest in the nation this season and bettered his previous personal best by nearly a full second.Metivier ran in the sixth and final heat of the first round and finished second in his heat behind Rai Benjamin of USC’s time of 50.12. Benjamin is the current national leader in the event as well.Jon DeGrave set Drake’s previous school record in the 400-meter hurdles in 2011 at 50.59.Metivier was one of four Bulldogs to compete Thursday evening, but the only one to advance. Senior Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing 46th in 54.23.Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) capped her terrific season by finishing 38th in the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.50. Two weeks ago, she ran the third-fastest time in school history en route to a runner-up finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.Drake’s final competitor of the evening, Kundai Maguranyanga (Harare, Zimbabwe) was disqualified from the men’s 100 meters as a result of a false start. However, the reigning MVC Freshman of the Year will compete again Friday evening in the 200 meters, an event which he owns the second-fastest time in school history at 20.67.Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) will also compete Friday in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more