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Brooks advances to 100 finals; Hall places 10th in high jump

Hannah Hall (left) finished 10th in the high jump, while Ajai Brooks (right) qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash on Friday in Waverly, Iowa.
Hannah Hall (left) finished 10th in the high jump, while Ajai Brooks (right) qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash on Friday in Waverly, Iowa.

Denison freshman Ajai Brooks and sophomore Hannah Hall had strong showings on Friday at the 2016 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Walston-Hoover Stadium in Waverly, Iowa.

Hall made her national debut on Friday afternoon as a member of the 22-athlete field in the high jump. The sophomore just missed earning All-American honors, finishing 10th after successfully clearing 5'5.25". Hall was one of six athletes that ended their day at that mark. However, after the tiebreakers, she finished behind seventh-place Emma Peterson of Concordia-Moorhead and the duo of Bridgewater State's Samantha Richner and Redlands Vanessa Blanchard who shared eighth-place.

In preliminary action on Friday, Brooks successfully qualified for her second Saturday final in as many days. The freshman sprinter opened the prelims of the 100-meter dash with a runner-up finish in her heat after clocking in with a school-record time of 12.01. Brooks' time still looked strong after the second heat where the winning time of 11.96 was followed by two other times of 12.01. In the third and final heat of the 100 dash, the top three finishers all crossed the line in under 12 seconds, moving Brooks into a three-way tie for sixth. Once the time was narrowed down to the nearest thousandth of a second, Brooks landed in the eighth seed for Saturday's final.

Brooks will compete in the finals of both the 100 and 200-meter events on Saturday. The 100 is scheduled to go off at 3:40 p.m. EDT, while the 200 is slated for a 4:50 p.m. EDT start. Freshman David Carter will also be in action tomorrow as part of the men's triple jump, which is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. EDT.