One University of Northern Colorado track and field athlete advanced to the second day of competition at the NCAA West Regional this week.
Freshman Raphael Egbuchilem finished the men’s 400 meter quarterfinals in seventh place overall. His time of 45.79 set a new UNC record and earned a spot in the semifinals.
Egbuchilem is one of only two qualifiers from a non-Power Five program to advance. The other comes from New Mexico, out of the Mountain West.
The rookie competes in the quarterfinals at 7:50 p.m. Saturday. The top three from each heat, plus the three other fastest times, advance to the semifinals at the national meet in Austin, Texas.
Sophomore Regina Mpigachai ended her season in the women’s 800 meters. She finished with a time of 2:09.87, roughly five seconds behind her personal best.
Egbuchilem and Mpigachai’s NCAA qualifications became the third for the Bears this season after Jerome Campbell made the indoor hurdles finals in March.
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