McQuay qualifies for 400-meter final
Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 12, 2013 at 9:21 p.m.
Three-time UF NCAA champion Tony McQuay advanced to the finals of the men's 400 meters at the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Monday.
McQuay easily advanced out of his semifinal in a season's best 44.66 to solidify his spot in Tuesday's final at 1:05 p.m.
Arman Hall, a former USTFCCCA All-American and NCAA champion at Florida, was fifth in his semifinal in 45.54 but was unable to capture a place in the finals. Hall and McQuay will both represent the United States in the men's 4x400-meter relay later in the week.
“It feels great to have even made this team and get the opportunity to represent my country,” Hall said. “It's an honor to represent my family and the University of Florida here at Worlds. To be honest, I wish I could have made it to the final. I know I'm only 19 years old but I can be successful at this level and I wish I could have shown that here. I'm just going to go back to Gainesville, train harder, see what I can do more of and just continue to get better.”
Novlene Williams-Mills competed in the finals of the women's 400 meters, finishing eighth with a time of 51.49. Williams-Mills will participate in the heats of the women's 4x400-meter relay later in the week.
Kerron Clement qualified out of his heat in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 49.43, finishing second in his heat and sixth overall to automatically qualify for Tuesday's semifinal at 11:40 a.m.
Ugonna Ndu competed in her first World Championships, crossing in 57.27 in the women's 400-meter hurdles. Ndu recently finished her career at Florida as a seven-time All-American and school record-holder in the women's 400-meter hurdles, turning in a time of 56.12 at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
A strong Florida contingent is residing in Moscow, as 16 Gators have been granted the opportunity to represent their countries in Moscow, led by UF coach Mike Holloway. The 2013 USTFCCCA National Outdoor Head Coach of the Year, Holloway was chosen as head men's coach for Team USA.