Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications
Rodney Heath Jr. is set to compete in the NCAA Track & Field Championships toda in Austin, Texas, in the men’s 100m sprint at 7:46 p.m.
Heath Jr. qualified for the national semifinal after advancing out of the NCAA East Regional with a quarterfinal time and program record of 9.99 to finish 10th overall out of 48 regional athletes.
The Kentucky transfer ran a 10.13 in the East first round to make the initial cut from 48 to 24. He now joins 23 other athletes from across the country looking to make the final eight for a chance at a national championship. The top two times in the three heats will automatically qualify, plus the next two overall fastest times.
Heath Jr. burst onto the scene early on with a silver medal at the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the men’s 60m and owns four of the five fastest 60m times in LA Tech history, including the program record of 6.64.
He also since etched his name in the LA Tech record books in the men’s 100m with six of the seven fastest times, including the top-five, and took bronze at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships.
He is the first LA Tech athlete to qualify for the national meet since 2019.