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BYU track: Brown and Stewart advance to NCAA Championships

By Kyle Chilton

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, May 25 2013 12:20 a.m. MDT

AUSTIN, Texas — A rainy day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary at Mike A. Myers Stadium saw two members of the BYU women’s track and field team earn a trip to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Competitors were forced to sit and wait due to a six hour and 15 minute rain delay.

Natalie Stewart turned in a career performance to qualify for nationals in the 400 meters. Stewart ran the race in a personal record time of 52.97 seconds and finished fourth in her heat, just missing automatic qualification by one quarter of a second. She claimed her spot at the NCAA Championships by turning in the best time among non-automatic qualifiers.

After winning her heat and clocking the third-best time in the 800 meters on day one, Kelsey Brown turned in another strong performance to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Brown took second in her heat with a time of 2:05.57 to qualify automatically.

Stewart and Brown will compete in the NCAA Championships from June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

Visit USFTCCCA for complete results and to follow Saturday's action.

Kyle Chilton is the director of media relations for BYU men's basketball. He can be reached at 801-422-4909, kyle_chilton@byu.edu or on Twitter @kylechilton.

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