Track and Field: Two athletes qualify for finals at USATF Indoor Championships

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northwestern State track and field teams had two of its three participants compete at the USATF Indoor Championships on Saturday.

Demon All-American Amir James and Lady Demon junior De’Shalyn Jones both qualified for the finals with their times in the first round of the 300-meter dash.

James, a junior, finished fourth in the 11-man field with an impressive time of 32.79, which is the 45th-fastest indoor time ever recorded, according to the USATF.

The time certainly came as a surprise to associate head coach Adam Pennington.

“Before the meet, we were shooting for a time in the 33 or 34 second range,” Pennington said. “So for him to come out and post a time like that was incredibly impressive.”

In the finals, James finished sixth before later being disqualified.

“I think he was disqualified because he was stumbling a little bit around a turn or two, and he might’ve stepped out of his lane,” Pennington said.

For Jones, she qualified in the eighth spot after posting a time of 38.21 in the 300m.

However, Pennington decided it was best to pull her for the finals after speaking with the meet doctors.

“De’Shalyn (Jones) had a couple of tight muscles coming into the meet,” Pennington said. “The doctor said he could try and work on her to get the tightness out, but he said the soreness would be pretty bad, so we decided against it.”

Sophomore Micah Larkins will be the last to compete for the Demons, as he runs Sunday in the 60.

His qualifying round begins at 3:30 p.m. (CST). If he advances, the final round will conclude the activity for the Demons at 6:24 p.m.

“For Micah, it would be huge if he could advance to the finals,” Pennington said. “But most importantly, I want him to have fun, there is no reason for him to go out and chase a time.”

You can follow NSUDemonsTF on twitter.com for updates, along with USATF.org for live results.

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