Roemmich advances: JC sophomore into semis in 400 hurdlesTrent Roemmich had a lifetime best in one event and advanced to the semifinals in another — all in all not a bad day for the Jamestown College sophomore at nationals.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Trent Roemmich had a lifetime best in one event and advanced to the semifinals in another — all in all not a bad day for the Jamestown College sophomore at nationals.
Despite posting a PR of 14.86 seconds in the 110 hurdles, Roemmich finished just .04 out of the semifinals in the 110 hurdles at the NAIA outdoor championships in Marian, Ind., on Thursday.
Roemmich had the 19th-best time in the 31-runner field.
Roemmich followed that up with a time of 54.36 in the 400 hurdles, which was the 16th-fastest time out of 29 runners, meaning he will compete in today’s semifinals.
The top nine advance to the finals with the fastest eight in that group earning All-American honors.
“He ran really well in both races,” JC men’s coach Ed Crawford said “It was nice to see him get to move on in the 400.”
Roemmich has been nursing a foot injury, but fought through it.
“Trent’s a competitor. He wants to be out there and compete no matter how he’s feeling,” Crawford said. “He’s always going to give you a good, solid effort.”
It would take another big PR to advance today, somewhere probably in the 53.7 range.
“He’s capable. The competition is tough here as you’d expect, but he’s experienced and he’ll run a good race. We’ll just have to see if it’s good enough,” Crawford said.
Beth Segerholm was the only other Jimmie in action Thursday, but two of her three javelin throws failed to mark and she ended up 23rd out of 27 (114-9). It took a toss of over 140 feet to finish in the top eight.
Rob Nelson will compete today in the discus. It will be his third time in the event at nationals, he’s struggled with scratching in the previous two.
“He’s got a good chance,” Crawford said. “For Rob it’s just a matter of relaxing and not worrying about going for that monster throw.
“He’s ready to throw far. He definitely has a shot at making the finals.”
Kayla Roemmich is the only other Jimmie qualified. She’ll compete in the discus on Saturday.
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