EUGENE, Ore. – Wil London will get a chance to run for an NCAA title.
The Baylor sophomore from Waco advanced through the prelims of the 400-meter dash on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday. London’s time of 45.19 was the seventh-best of the day and helped him move on as the last qualifier on time.
London was the only Big 12 sprinter to reach the 400-meter final, which will be held Friday at 8:32 p.m. Central. Texas A&M senior Fred Kerley, who set the collegiate record at 43.70 two weeks ago at the NCAA West Prelims, had the top time of the day with an effortless 44.57.
Baylor senior George Caddick couldn’t join his teammate London in the final, as he finished 16th at 45.89.
Elsewhere, BU freshman Maxwell Willis had a busy first day, competing in the semifinals of the 100 and 200-meter dashes and running in the 4x100 relay. But Willis couldn’t make it through, finishing 18th overall in the 200 (20.84) and 14th in the 100 (10.18).
Baylor’s sprint relay team finished 16th in the semifinals and didn’t advance, running 39.62. That foursome was made up of Malik Wilson, London, Willis and Ian Braxton.
Baylor missed out on the final of the 4x400 relay, as the Bears finished third in their heat and 10th overall in 3:04.20. London, Caddick, Chris Pratt and Caleb Dickson made up the Baylor foursome.