Tech hurdler Young advances NCAA Regional quarterfinals

Ahmad Young photo courtesy of C-USA

LA Tech Athletics Communications

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Louisiana Tech’s Ahmad Young shattered his previous personal best in the men’s 110-meter hurdles on Wednesday with a time of 13.76 seconds to advance to today’s quarterfinals at the NCAA East Regional Championships.

Young, a fourth-place finisher at Conference USA Outdoor Championships earlier this month, shaved off more than 25 hundredths of a second from his previous best to record a 13th-place finish out of 44 competitors. His time at Hodges Stadium on Wednesday helped him become one of 24 student-athletes to advance to yoday’s quarterfinals.

Young will compete at 5:45 p.m. in today’s quarterfinals.

Fellow Bulldog Henry Terral made his first NCAA appearance in the men’s javelin throw, posting a mark of 61.74 meters (202′-07″). Terral’s mark placed 39th at the NCAA East Regional Championships after placing fourth at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with a mark of 66.33 meters (217′-07″) earlier in May.

“Despite an arm injury, Henry threw over 200 feet in the javelin,” said Tech head coach Gary Stanley. “Ahmad had a monster PR in the 110-meter hurdles, and it’s one of our fastest times we’ve had here in quite a few years.

“I’m very proud of both these young men.”

Following Young’s performance on today, Leah Scott will close out LA Tech’s trio of NCAA competitors on Saturday when she competes in the women’s triple jump beginning at 2:15 p.m. Scott finished fifth in the triple jump at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with a leap of 12.65 meters (41′-06″).

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