After finishing fourth in his heat, Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) had to wait it out to see if he would advance to the finals of the 400m hurdles at this weekend's NCAA Outdoor National Championships.
It turns out that Eastern Mennonite's junior ran in the toughest of the three heats of Thursday's preliminaries as his time of :53.30 was good enough for the seventh spot in the nine-man finals.
Faint will run at 2:25pm on Saturday at the meet in Geneva, Ohio. The top eight runners in the final will earn All-American honors.
Click here to watch the live video of Saturday's events, which will also include sophomore Grant Amoateng (Bristow, Va./Patriot) in the triple jump at 10:30am.
On the rain-soaked track of SPIRE Institute, Faint was about a second behind his season PR, as were most of the competitors. He pushed through the hurdles segment of the race and made up a little time on the final sprint to the finish. Of the nine finalists, six ran in that first heat with Faint.
He took the No. 5 seed into Nationals with an EMU record time of :52.33.
Brian Simpson, Head Track & Field Coach, said Faint showed his character in a less-than-ideal setting.
"Connor ran a strong race despite a tough lane draw and fairly poor weather conditions," Simpson explained. "He's a tough competitor so I am not surprised that he advanced. I expect great things on Saturday with the improved weather that we will have."
The top finisher in each heat earned an automatic spot in the finals, along with the next six overall times. Anthony Salemo of Rowan University defended his top time from the season with the best finish in the prelims at :52.22.