JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - No strangers to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, senior Donte' Holmes (Hyattsville, Md.) and junior Ryan Carter (Wilmington, Del.) each qualified for quarterfinal action for their performances Thursday during 2012 NCAA East Regional, held at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium.
Holmes, seeded 11th in Thursday's 800m, finished third overall with a time of 1:48.89 to qualify for Friday's quarterfinals. The senior qualified for his second East Preliminary Round with a season-best time of 1:48.48 at the Pepsi Florida Relays. He previously competed at the 2010 East Preliminaries in the 800m. Holmes will compete for a trip to the 2012 NCAA Championships Friday at 7 p.m. in the 800m quarterfinals.
Earlier in the evening, Carter just barely qualified for Friday's 400m quarterfinals as he finished third in Heat Six and 29th overall with a time of 47.12. The sprinter qualified for his third straight East Preliminary Round with a career-best time of 46.31, posted at the 2012 MEAC Championships. He previously competed in the 400m at the national level in 2010 while participating in the 200m last season. Friday's 400m quarterfinals will take place at 6 p.m.
The duo will also join juniors Tyquan Brown (Neptune, N.J.) and Tariq Devore (Queens, N.Y.) in Saturday's 4x400 relay. DSU is seeded 10th for the East Prelims and will compete in the Quarterfinals at 9:25 p.m.
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