Harden takes 22nd place in NCAA semis


Girard grad earns All-America honors

By Brian Dzenis

bdzenis@vindy.com

Youngstown State’s Collin Harden did not advance to the NCAA track and field championship finals. He finished Wednesday’s semifinals in the 400-meter hurdles in 22nd place at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Harden, a Girard graduate, ran a time of 52.30 seconds in the second of three heats. He previously ran a school-record 50.52 while qualifying for the semifinals. Harden clipped a hurdle during his first set of jumps, but briefly held the lead in the race. By the time he completed the first turn from lane 9, the rest of the field caught up. Harden took ninth in his heat.

Michigan’s Taylor McLaughlin won Harden’s heat with a time of 49.28. Texas A&M’s Robert Grant (49.39) took the other qualifying spot for Friday’s finals.

South Carolina’s Quincy Hall recorded the fastest time in the third heat at 49.01. The top two finishers in each heat, plus the next two fastest times, advance to the finals.

Harden finishes the season with an honorable mention on the All-America teams.

He finishes the 2019 outdoor track season as the first three-time winner of the 400 hurdles at the Horizon League Championships in league history. He was the runner up in the 110 hurdles behind teammate Chad Zallow, but ran the third-fastest time in program history at 14.16 seconds.

In indoor track this past fall, Harden finished in second place in both the 400 hurdles and 110 hurdles at the Horizon League Championships.

Harden was YSU’s lone representative in Austin.

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