FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –Lynette Rives ran faster this year (faster than any women in school history, in fact) but did not go any farther at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
For the second year in a row the Belmont senior advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter dash but failed to reach the finals.
Her semifinal time of 23.39 seconds on Thursday set a school record but still left her 14th among the 18 semifinalists. The top three in each of the two semifinal heats, plus the next three fastest times earned a spot in Saturday’s final.
Rives was eighth in her semifinal. She advanced to that point with a second-place finish in her preliminary heat. Her time in that race was 23.53 and was ninth among those who qualified for the semifinals.
In 2008, she was 14th in the semifinals – and earned All-America honors – with a time of 23.56.