DAEGU, South Korea - A day after former Lady Texan Sally Kipyego earned a silver medal, success for athletes with ties to South Plains College continues as Rondell Bartholomew and Renny Quow each advanced to the semi-final round of the 400-meter dash at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, while Jura Levy snuck into the semi-final of the women's 100-meter dash.
Bartholomew was able to get out to a good start running out of lane three and looked smooth down the backstretch. Quow, who drew the less desirable first lane, did not appear to start as well as the rest of the field but by the time the race entered the final 100 meters he was just behind Bartholomew and the two former SPC Texans were able to ease up as they crossed the line with the top two spots and times of 44.82 and 44.84 seconds to guarantee a spot in the semi-final.
With four sections to go, only two athletes ran quicker times and, as a result, both have received favorable lane draws for the semi-final round scheduled for 6 a.m. CST Monday, August 29 and 8 p.m. local time in Daegu. Quow will run out of lane five in the first-of-three sections while Bartholomew drew lane four in the third and final section. The top two of each section followed by the next two fastest non-qualifiers will advance to the final.
In the women's 100-meter dash, a slow start nearly doomed Levy. Though Levy's reaction time was the slowest of the entire field, she managed a fourth place finish in the sixth-of-seven sections with a time of 11.34 seconds. With one section remaining, Levy had the second fastest non-automatic qualifying time. To make the next round, only one athlete finishing outside the top three could run faster.
Levy certainly suffered a bit of a scare as the results of the final section showed the fourth place finisher posting a time of 11.29 seconds. The fifth place time was an identical 11.34 seconds. When the final results were posted, it was noted that Levy would be among the athletes competing in the semi-final round scheduled for 5:30 a.m. CST Monday, August 29 and 7:30 p.m. local time in Korea.
Up next, former school record holder and NJCAA champion Isa Phillips will take on a stellar field in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles at 9:30 p.m. CST Sunday, August 28 and at 11:30 a.m. August 29 in Korea.Please visit www.spctexans.com for the latest on SPC Texan and Lady Texan athletics