Busby Advances To Finals At NCAA Championships
June 12, 2014
Eugene, Ore. - Durell Busby of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track & field team posted one of the eight fastest times in the nation in the 110m hurdles and advanced to Saturday's finals after a strong semifinal race at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon's historic Hayfield Stadium Thursday afternoon.
"What an incredible moment for Durell and for this program," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "(Assistant coach) Eric Kramer had a great plan heading into the day and Durell did it; he qualified. Now he'll go to the line Saturday with a chance to be a national champion. That's what we're all in it for and it's just a great day for the program and the entire athletic department."
Running in lane seven of the first of three heats, Busby crossed the line fourth in his heat with a time of 13.75 seconds. That proved to be good enough for eighth overall in the field of 24 and earned Busby a spot in Saturday's finals.
"The race went well but I could have done better," Busby said. "It felt good for the first couple hurdles and then I just felt a little off. All in all, it could have been better but I'm excited to be in finals and anything can happen from here."
This is the second time Busby has made it to nationals. He earned Second-Team All-American honors after finishing 12th in the nation in 2012 with a time of 13.77.
The two-time Horizon League Outdoor Athlete of the Year will now step to the line one final time in a Panther uniform Saturday, with the final of the 110m hurdles slatted to start at 5:12 p.m. Central. The race can be seen live on television on ESPNU and also live online at ESPN3.com.