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Florida’s PJ Austin runs 9.89secs at NCAA Championships

PJ Austin clocked a big personal best of 9.89secs to qualify with the fastest time to the 100m final at the 2023 NCAA DI Track and Field Outdoor Championships.

PJ Austin of Florida in the men's 100m - NCAA Championships
PJ Austin of Florida in the men's 100m - NCAA Championships

AUSTIN, Texas (June 7) — PJ Austin led five sub-10 second qualifiers to the men’s 100m final at the 2023 NCAA DI Track and Field Outdoor Championships on Day 1 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Wednesday (7). Austin clocked an impressive 9.89 seconds (+1.3 m/s), surpassing his personal best of 10.09 seconds. He expressed confidence that he still has more to offer in the final on Friday.

The Florida senior triumphed over Cole Beck of Virginia Tech, who also broke the 10-second barrier in the heats. Beck achieved a new personal best of 9.97 seconds, securing second place in heat one. Da’Marcus Fleming of LSU also ran a personal best of 10.01 seconds, advancing to the final.

Meanwhile, LSU’s showman Godson Oghenebrume secured a spot in the final with the second-fastest time of the day. Oghenebrume clocked a personal best of 9.93 seconds (+0.8 m/s) and celebrated with some showboating. Read more: Day 1 Order of Events: 2023 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Despite a somewhat challenging start, Oghenebrume, an outstanding athlete this season, managed to outpace the competition in the final meters to secure the victory. Shaun Maswanganyi of Houston also delivered an impressive performance, posting a personal best of 9.99 seconds. Micah Williams of Oregon finished third with a time of 10.03 seconds, also progressing to the final.

In heat two, Auburn’s Favour Ashe emerged victorious, improving his wind-legal personal best to 9.96 seconds (1.3 m/s). Courtney Lindsey of Texas Tech (10.03) and Stanford’s Udodi Onwuzurike (10.04) also secured spots in the final.

Unfortunately, Terrence Jones of Texas Tech, who recorded a season and personal best time of 9.91 seconds earlier this year, failed to qualify for the final. Joining him out of the scoring race were Robert Gregory of Florida (10.04) and Javonte Harding of Tennessee (10.12).

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