Coastal duo falls fractions of a second shy of NCAAs

wallaceWith coveted trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the line, Coastal Carolina redshirt senior Desmond Wallace and redshirt sophomore Aynslee van Graan both headed into the third day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round looking to advance to the national meet with finishes near the top of the leaderboard in their respective events.

For Wallace and Van Graan, the final day of the NCAA East Preliminaries was all about securing a spot in the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, which is scheduled for June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. In order to punch a ticket to the event, Wallace needed to finish in the top 12 in the 110m HH and Van Graan in the 1,500m.

Unfortunately for Coastal fans, both fell just short of punching tickets to Oregon. On Saturday afternoon, Wallace finished fourth in his heat and 13th overall, crossing the finish line at 13.65. The Columbia, S.C., native missed qualifying for the national meet by just a fraction of a second (.02).

While he came up short of qualifying for the national meet, Wallace showed off incredible skill and athleticism, setting a new personal-best as well as a CCU school record. As for Van Graan, she finished 10th in her heat and 21st overall, crossing the finish line at 4:29.44.

In other action on day three of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Coastal’s team of Therius Styles, Ryan McCain, Kahlim Denmark and Chiason Tenkiang finished seventh in their heat and 23rd overall in the 4x100m relay, finishing at 41.06.

Additionally, Amirah Al-Bayyinah placed 42nd in the triple jump, setting a mark of 12.03m (39-5.75).

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