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EUGENE, Ore. Dayo Akindele and Tyler Jones competed for Kennesaw State on the opening night of the 2018 NCAA Championship Finals on Wednesday.
Akindele ran a career-best time of 13.73 seconds in the semifinals of the 110m hurdles. That time also established a new school-record time in the event. The junior finished just .02 seconds out of qualifying for the Friday's final in the event. His ninth place finish earned him Second Team All-America honors.
Jones competed in the finals of the long jump but was unable to land a mark.
"Like most competitions we had both good and bad today," Director of Track and Field Andy Eggerth said. "Dayo started us off with a wind-legal lifetime-best run so we could not ask for anything more. Unfortunately, he was 0.02 seconds from making the final. Finishing ninth in the nation and Second Team All-America is pretty good for his first trip here. Unfortunately, it went downhill from there. Tyler was not able to rest and recover properly over the last couple of weeks. He suffered a little lower body injury in practice the other day and was unable to run down the runway properly which resulted in him fouling out of the competition. Aliyah is looking great right now, so after a day off of competition tomorrow we'll be going again on Friday and Saturday."
Whisby will compete in the heptathlon final, which begins on Friday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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KSU's Akindele Leads Owls on Day One of NCAA Championship Finals