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Lone runner moves on to Eugene
Published 5/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
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WSU senior quarter miler Shawna Fermin became the only Cougar to advance after competing in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds last weekend.

Fermin recorded a quarterfinal time of 53.16 seconds and placed third in the 400m dash quarterfinals last Friday at the University of Texas at Austin.

Fermin will compete in the women’s 400m dash semifinals on June 5 at the 2013 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

In the 2012 NCAA Championships, Fermin placed 18th in the 400m dash with her personal best time of 52.99 seconds.

Thirty-two WSU athletes competed in the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, but many did not qualify for the top 12 spots in each event to reach the NCAA Championships.

"At this meet we performed the way we’ve been performing all year but at this level of competition it was not good enough," said Rick Sloan, WSU track and field head coach, in a press release.

After becoming the first Cougar woman athlete to win the pole vault at the Pac-12 championships, freshman Kristine Felix tied for 25th at the meet.

Felix passed the opening height of 12-feet 2 inches and also cleared the bar at 12-feet 8 inches on her third attempt. However, Felix did not pass any attempts at 13-feet 1 inch (4.01m).

The NCAA Championships take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field.

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