GENEVA, Ohio – Franklin & Marshall's Rachel Wylie placed 16th in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute. She fell shy of the nine qualifying positions that advanced to Saturday's final.
Wylie got off to a fast start on a rainy afternoon in Geneva, Ohio, and registered a time of 1:03.29 in the preliminaries to finish with the sixth-best time in her heat. Washington's Kelli Hancock paced the field with a 1:00.11 qualifying time. The winner from each of the event's three heats, as well as the next best six times, moved on to the Championship race.
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The Diplomat freshman qualified for the NCAA Championships with the country's 19th fastest seed time of 1:02.22, which Wylie set at the 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) Outdoor Championships on May 7 by securing Gold with her school-record time and winning the event by almost two seconds.