BOCA RATON, Fla. - Two members of the Florida Atlantic University track and field team, Jamika Glades and Frida Thorsås, have qualified for the NCAA East Regional competition, beginning Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky.
Glades will participate in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdle events, while Thorsås qualified for the javelin. The three-day meet takes place runs through this upcoming Saturday, May 27, at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Facility.
In her first season with the squad, Glades rose up the record books to rank second in both hurdle events. The graduate student and native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ran a 13.48 at the 100-meter distance Saturday at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, and her season best in the 400 was a 58.65 at the Virginia Challenge in late April.
Thorsås, the junior Skien, Norway, native, set a personal record in the javelin on April 7 in Coral Gables, at Miami's Alumni Invitational. That is far and away the best outdoor mark in FAU history, five and a half meters ahead of the next nearest thrower.
The top 48 competitors in a multitude of events will make up the two preliminary region fields (East and West). Among East Regional competitors, Glades ranks No. 26 in the 400 meter hurdles and No. 44 in the 100 meter hurdles, while Thorsås is No. 44 in the javelin.
Additionally, Thorsås ranks No. 12 in the region (and No. 31 overall in NCAA) in the heptathlon, which will not be contested at the regional preliminaries. For that, according to the NCAA, "the top 24 declared student-athletes ... based on their position on the national descending-order list will be accepted directly into the Championships." There is an outside shot she can make it into that field based on the 5,425 points she amassed while winning the heptathlon at the same UM Alumni Invitational, dependent on the final official listing provided by member coaches.
The first round of the women's javelin competition is set for a 4 p.m. start on Thursday. The women's 400 hurdles first round is the first scheduled track event of the meet, at 4:30 p.m. on that same day, and the 100 hurdles first round is 4:30 p.m. the following day, Friday, May 26.