JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For the second straight year, Elliott Graves advanced to the quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Graves, who is a three-time Sun Belt champion in the event, posted a season-best time of 51.38 seconds. The top three finishers from each of the six heats, plus the next six fastest times advance to the quarterfinals. Graves placed fifth in his heat, but posted the fifth fastest time of the rest of the finishers to punch his ticket to the next round.
He will race again on Friday at 7:15 p.m. with a chance to advance the NCAA Championships in Austin, Tex. With 24 competitors remaining, Graves must finish in the top three of his heat or have one of the three remaining fastest times.
Tristian Shaver also represented App State in the pole vault. Shaver finished in a tie for 28th place with a mark of 16-3.75 (4.96m).
Shaver concludes his career as a two-time qualifier for the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round. In addition, he earned All-Sun Belt honors during the 2018 Sun Belt Championships and ranks second in school history in the pole vault, with a mark of 17-1.50 (5.22m), set earlier this season at the Pepsi Florida Relays.