Jefferson and Arnold reach the quarterfinals on Saturday in Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Second year NCAA Athletics Preliminary Rounds at Hodges Stadium on Thursday Melissa Jefferson and newbie Jermaisha Arnold reached the quarterfinals on Saturday in their respective events.

Jefferson, originally from Georgetown, SC, reached the 100 and 200 meter regional finals on Saturday. Jefferson started her day with the 100 meters when she ran 11.25 (1.4), her third fastest time of the season, just three thousandths of a second off her school record, which she set at the Tom Jones Invitational in mid-April.

Jefferson returned to the outdoor oval less than two hours later to race the 200 meters, where at 11:30 p.m. (1/3) she set the 13th fastest time of the 24 qualifiers.

Arnold, a native of Myrtle Beach, SC, continued to rewrite Coastal Carolina’s record book in the 400 meters when she reached the regional final with a school record of 52.55. It was the third time this season that the novice sprinter has set a school record in the same event.

Colleague 400 meter sprinter Amaryah White ran a 55.94 in the fourth run, but could not advance to the quarterfinals.

In the 400-meter hurdles, freshmen Shani’a Bellamy put a time of 1: 02.39 in the fifth run, but she too could not qualify for the quarter-finals on Saturday in her respective event.

Newbie on Friday Braydon Bennett will be the only chanticleer in action as he appears to be one of 12 qualifiers in the 110-meter hurdles advancing to the 2021 NCAA Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Bennett’s start time will be at 6:45 p.m. ET.

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