Fuller Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Shani Chandler advanced to Friday's quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles.
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Shani Chandler advanced to Friday's quarterfinals in the 400-meter hurdles.
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May 24, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

University of Alabama sophomore Kamal Fuller finished 11th in the men’s long jump at the NCAA East Region Preliminary on Thursday afternoon to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field.

The top 12 competitors in each event automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa. Fuller recorded a mark of 24-10.5 – in a headwind – to earn his spot in the championship field for the second straight season.

The Crimson Tide had two other competitors in action during Thursday’s first round heats in Shani Chandler and Gary Bradbury. Chandler ran a personal best 58.74 in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, the 13th fastest time of the day, to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal heat with a berth to the NCAA Championships on the line. She is schedule to step into the blocks in hopes of advancing to Des Moines at 6:45 p.m. CDT.

In the men’s 1,500 meters Gary Bradbury finished 30th with a time of 3:51.47 to finish just outside of the needed time to advance further in preliminary action.

The Tide continues action at the East Region Preliminary on Friday morning with Alexis Paine in the women’s pole vault at 10 a.m. CDT. UA will also have competitors in action in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, 200 meters and high jump in addition to the men’s 200 meters.