McHenry smashes 800m record to qualify for NCAA meet

<p><a href="">M… McHenry</a> smashed his own school record in the 800m run and recorded one of three improved times as the Arizona State University track and field competed in a pair of last chance meets on Saturday, the final time athletes could qualify for the NCAA Championships next weekend. McHenry and <a href=""… Barbosa</a> each recorded improved times in the 800m run and the women’s 4x400m relay lowered their time with all three marks recorded at the Iowa State meet in Ames, Iowa.</p><separator></separator><p>For the second time this season, McHenry recorded the fastest time in school history, this time lowering his own personal-best by nearly 1.26 seconds with a winning time of 1:47.74. That time stands as the second-best in the nation this year and betters his previous school record of 1:49.00. Heading into the season, the record of 1:49.51 stood for 24 years after Treg Scott ran that time to finish in fifth place at the NCAA Championships in 1985. Barbosa, who lowered his personal-best indoor time to 1:49.44 in the race and finished second overall, moved into second on the all-time list at ASU, slipping past Scott.</p><separator></separator><p>The women’s 4x400m relay turned in a stellar outing of their own as the group of Dominique’ Maloy, <a href="… Williams</a>, <a href=""… Elcock</a> and <a href=""… Benjamin</a> ran a time of 3:35.86 and finishing fourth in the race. That time was nearly 15 seconds better than their season-opening effort of 3:50.22 and nearly five seconds better than their season best of 3:40.46. Williams also competed individually in the 60m dash, running 7.34 in the preliminaries, the fastest time on the day in the event.</p><separator></separator><p>The men’s 4x400m relay team of <a href="">D… Elston</a>, <a href="">J… Kremer</a>, <a href="">… Sanford</a> and <a href="">Jo… Phillip</a> also competed in Ames and ran 3:08.99, just off their season-best time. Phillip also ran in the open 400m dash, clocking a time of 47.72 to finish eighth overall.</p><separator></separator><p>One other Sun Devil competed on the day and that was <a href="… Garnett</a>, who participated in the long jump at the Washington meet in Seattle. Garnett finished fourth overall in the event with a best mark of 6.08m (19-11.50).</p><separator></separator><p>Those Sun Devils that are selected will compete at the NCAA Indoor Track &amp; Field Championships on Friday and Saturday (March 13-14) at College Station, Texas. The NCAA will announce all selections to the field of competitors on Monday night.</p><separator></separator><p>Meet Highlights - Last Chance Meets<br />Saturday, March 7 • Ames, Iowa<br />NCAA Automatic Qualifiers<br /><a href="">M… McHenry</a> - M 800m run - 1:47.76 - school record</p><separator></separator><p>NCAA Provisional Qualifiers<br /><a href="… Williams</a> - W 60m prelims - 7.34<br /><a href=""… Barbosa</a> - M 800m run - 1:49.44<br />W 4x400m relay - 3:35.86<br />   - D. Maloy, C. Williams, S. Elcock, J. Benjamin<br />M 4x400m relay - 3:08.99<br />   - D. Elston, J. Kremer, D. Sanford, J. Phillip</p><separator></separator><p>Event Winners<br /><a href="… Williams</a> - W 60m prelims - 7.34<br /><a href="">M… McHenry</a> - M 800m run - 1:47.76 - school record</p><separator></separator><p>On the ASU All-Time Top 5 Lists<br /><a href="">M… McHenry</a> - M 800m run - 1:47.76 - school record<br /><a href=""… Barbosa</a> - M 800m run - 1:49.44 - #2 all-time at ASU</p>