Pernell Qualifies for 60m and 200m Finals at Nationals

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Merrimack College women’s track & field junior Michaela Pernell qualified for both the 200m and 60m finals, after placing sixth overall in the 200m race and eighth in the 60m dash on the first day of the Division II NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday.

The Basics
Friday, Mar. 9, 2018
Events: Division II NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Location: Pittsburg, Kansas | Robert W. Plaster Center

How it Happened:

  • Pernell ran in the second heat of the 60m dash preliminary race, with a personal-best time of 7.49 seconds, finishing third in the heat. She qualified for the finals in the event with an eighth-place finish overall in the event. Kennedy Hudson and Valda Kabia from West Texas A&M, both finished with times of 7.48 seconds.
  • Pernell beat out Ariel Jackson of Lindenwood University by 0.02 seconds for the final spot in the 60m dash.
  • In the 200m dash preliminary, Pernell finished second in her heat, and placed sixth overall in the event with a time of 24.36 seconds. Her time was two one hundredth’s of a second behind the fifth-place finisher, Valda Kabia.

Up Next
Pernell will compete for a national title in both events tomorrow night with the first event beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can follow all of the action at

About the Author

Mike McMahon
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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