JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coppin State’s Joseph Amoah qualified for the NCAA National Championships in both the 100m and 200m dash and helped the 4x100m relay advance as well with his performances at the NCAA East Preliminaries on Friday night at Hodges Stadium.
A senior from Greater Accra, Ghana, Amoah ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay to open the night and led the Eagles to a season-best time of 39.57, finishing fourth in their heat and 12th overall to secure a spot in Eugene. Joseph Manu ran the opening leg, followed by Amoah, Malik John, and Abayie Opuni in what was the second-fastest time in school history.
Amoah won his heat of the 100m dash in 10.06 to automatically qualify for the national championships which are set for June 9-12. His time was his second-fastest of the season as his heat’s top four finishers were separated by just three hundredths of a second.
In the 200m dash, Amoah’s heat was once again arguably the tightest as he took second in a season-best 20.32. Amoah finished just a hundredth of a second behind the leader as the top four finishers were once again separated by just three hundredths of a second.
Closing out the day, the 4x400m relay of Opuni, John, Randy Serville, and Amadou Ba clocked a season-best time of 3:08.17 which is the third-fastest time in the history of the program. The second heat of the 4x400m relay will be re-run on Saturday at 12 pm due to the stadium lights blacking out mid-race.
The national semifinals of the 4x100m relay are set for Wednesday, June 9 at 8:02 pm while the 100m dash and 200m dash semifinals are set for 9:16 pm and 10:14 pm, respectively.
Courtesy: Coppin State Athletics