Gray advances to finals at national championships
Tina Gray qualified for the finals in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday by finishing ninth in the preliminaries.
Gray covered the distance at the Mt. Sac course in Walnut, Calif. in 11 minutes, 8.37 seconds. She will compete in the finals Saturday at appoximately 5:15.
Gray, who is just starting to return to form after battling inuries and illness this season, earned All-American status in the same event this past season.
Ashley Birger, competing in her first national competition, narrowly missed qualifying for the finals. She finished seventh in her heat with a time of 11:15.37.
Also competing Thursday was senior Kelly Smith, who finished 15th in the women's 10,000 meters with a time of 37:40.67. It was the final race of Smith's collegiate career.
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