By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AUSTIN – Rice redshirt freshman sprinter Hannah Jackson missed out on qualifying for Saturday’s 200m quarterfinals at the NCAA West Prelims by one spot Thursday evening, placing 25th overall.
Jackson, from Sulphur, La., ran her lone sprint in 23.57 in the opening heat and failed to qualify by less than a second (Drea Austin-24th-UNLV-23.52). The top three runners from each of the six heats qualified automatically, as well as the next best six times. Jackson placed fourth in her heat.
In her first season at Rice, Jackson broke the school record in the 200m with a time of 23.33 at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight. She earned C-USA All-Conference honors in the indoor 200m and won four races overall.
“Hannah gained a lot of experience for the future running here,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “She’s had an outstanding freshman year. We’re lucky to have a school record holder with a great future ahead of her.”
The Owls will have two more athletes competing in Austin on Saturday in seniors Daisy Ding and Cybil Obiozor in the triple jump. Action begins at 6 p.m.