"It is a great day when everyone you bring to the meet advances," Alabama Coach Sandy Fowler said. "Now we just have to get these two young ladies rested up for Friday. They are both capable and I could see them doing a lot."
Senior Miruna Mataoanu only needed two jumps too advance to Friday's high jump finals. The field started with 28 competitors at the height of 5-08.5 feet which Mataoanu passed on.
She entered the competition at 5-09.75 and cleared the bar on her first attempt. Mataoanu again cleared the bar on her first attempt at the third height of 5-10.75, which turned out to be her final jump of the day.
After the officials looked at the remaining field there was only 14 competitors remaining, the field needed to be narrowed down to 16 or less for Friday's finals. Mataoanu was one of three jumpers that did not have a miss in today's preliminaries.
Mataoanu will advance to the finals for the second consecutive year as a member of the Tide team, at last years NCAA Championships she earned All-American in the high jump.
Junior Trish Bartholomew finished fourth in her heat with a time of 53.19 in the 400 meters. The top two finishers in each heat plus the next six fastest times advanced to the semifinals on Friday. Bartholomew's time placed her fourth once the top two in each heat were removed.
Both Mataoanu and Bartholomew will return to action on Friday at Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of the University of California- Sacramento.
The NCAA national championship can be seen on CBS Saturday, June 9 from 12:00 noon CDT until 2:00 p.m. CDT.
A regional broadcast is scheduled on CSTV for Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. CDT