NCAA Track Championships: Tay Sears (Northside) qualifies for finals

Former Northside runner can qualify a second time on Thursday

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 11, 2014 

Ventavius Sears (Northside High) and three of his Western Kentucky teammates are headed to the finals of the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday in the NCAA Track and Field Championships, which are being held in Eugene, Oregon.

Western Kentucky won the first of three heats that comprised Wednesday's semifinals.

Sears and company -- Ja'Karyus Redwine, Emmanuel Dasor and Elvyonn Baily -- qualified with a time of 39.18 seconds.

That was fifth best among the eight teams to qualify for the finals.

Texas A&M was No. 1 in 38.60, followed by Florida (38.77), LSU (38.85) and USC (39.08).

Iowa was sixth (39.19), followed by Arizona State (39.26 and Alabama (39.36).

Sears, Dasor and Baily will be joined by Chris Chamness for the 4x400 semifinals, which will take place at 9:20 Thursday night.

The four set a school record in the 4x400 in 3:3.02 seconds on May 31 in the NCAA East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Florida.

They are seeded third for the NCAA Championships behind Texas A&M and LSU.

Sears won the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Freshman of the Year this past winter.

Sears is not the only local runner in the NCAA Championships.

Adam Jones (Columbus High) will run in the 1,500 semifinal on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

He qualified in Jacksonville as well with a time of 3:45.80. He is seeded 17th.

Arizona's Lawi LaLang is the top seed with a time of 3:40.35.

The NCAA Championships can be seen on espn3.com.

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