College Station, Texas - Ashley Henderson set a new school record in the 200 meter dash and qualified for tomorrow’s finals in both the 60 and 200 in the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Henderson’s time of 22.80 in the 200 broke her own school record of 22.81 set at last year’s Mountain West Championships. She easily won her heat and had the fourth best time of the day.
In the 60, Henderson finished fourth in her heat with a time of 7.209 which gave her the eighth best time and qualified her for Saturday’s finals. She was just 0.07 seconds from the fifth place finisher. LSU’s Aleia Hobbs had the top time (7.12) and was one of four Tigers that will move on to the finals.
“I am extremely proud to be in both finals tomorrow,” Henderson said. “It’s an honor being this is my last NCAA Indoor Championship. I’m proud of myself and thankful.”
Ashley Henderson is the only finalist in the 60 meter dash that doesn’t come from a SEC school. Four finalists are from LSU, two represent Auburn and another is from Georgia.
Bonnie Draxler will competing in the pole vault tomorrow along with Henderson.
This is Ashley Henderson’s second straight year qualifying for the NCAA Indoor finals in the 60 and 200 meter dashes.
“Ashley is continuing to show what a great ambassador she is for San Diego State. The goal today was to make the final. What she needs to do tomorrow is execute her races better and come with a heart to win.” Head Coach Shelia Burell
Henderson will compete in the finals tomorrow for the 60 (2:40 p.m. PT) and 200 (4:00 p.m. PT). Bonnie Draxler starts the pole vault competition at 2:00 p.m. PT
The meet will be streamed on ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com). A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 4:00 p.m. PT Sunday March 11 on ESPN2.
NCAA Indoor Championships – Day One
College Station, Texas
60 Meter Dash
1. Aleia Hobbs (LSU) 7.12
8. Ashley Henderson (SDSU) 7.209
200 Meter Dash
1. Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard) 22.65
4. Ashley Henderson (SDSU) 22.80 **SCHOOL RECORD**