JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Morgann Leleux may have a new school, but the results were the same Friday.
Leleux, a four-time All-American in the pole vault, again earned a spot in the NCAA championships — this time in a Louisiana-Lafayette uniform — when she tied for fourth at the NCAA East preliminary rounds.
A transfer from Georgia, Leleux endured a rain shower that shut down the competition for about 30 minutes and then cleared two heights to claim one of the 12 spots available for nationals June 8-11.
Leleux was one of four athletes from state schools other than LSU who earned trips to Eugene, Oregon, for the national championships.
Six others advanced to quarterfinals on the track on the second day of the preliminary rounds and will have their chance to qualify on the final day of the meet Saturday.
Joining Leleux in Eugene will be Tulane’s Jasmine Blocker, who qualified in the women’s 400 meters, and Northwestern State sprinters Micah Larkins and Amir James, who both made it in the quarterfinals of the men’s 100.
Leleux, who ranks fourth in the nation this spring with a best of 14 feet, 10 inches, didn’t have to go that high once the 12 qualifiers emerged from a field of 48 athletes.
Leleux passed on the first three heights, then came in to the competition at 13-9¼. She cleared that bar on her second attempt and sailed over at 13-11¼ before shutting it down once she had safely advanced.
Blocker was the first Louisiana athlete to qualify for Eugene on Friday when she finished third in her heat of the 400 with a time of 52.25 seconds, the eighth-fastest time of the 12 qualifiers.
In the men’s 100, Larkins and James ran 3-4 in the first heat with times of 10.32 and 10.39 seconds.
While Larkins advanced automatically, James had to wait for the next two heats to learn he was one of three qualifiers who made it on time.
Advancing to the women’s quarterfinals Saturday were UNO’s Alexia Fortenberry in the 100-meter hurdles (13.33) and Tulane’s Lilla McMillan in the 200 meters (23.59).
Men’s quarterfinalists included James in the 200 (20.80) and Louisiana Tech’s Jermey Hicks, also in the 200 (20.83), as well as Tech’s Tramaine Maloney (14.02) and UNO’s Michael Nicholls (14.05) in the 400 hurdles.