JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior Christian Lupica lit up the track at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Championships on Saturday evening, breaking his school record in the 110m hurdles for the second time this weekend, but he was just edged out at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium, missing a spot in the National Championship meet by the slimmest of margins.
Lupica, who made his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary in the 110m hurdles, truly rose to the occasion in the quarterfinals of the event on Saturday after advancing through the first round with a time of 13.91. The junior, who won both the 110m and 400m hurdles at the Patriot League Championships to earn Track Athlete of the Meet honors, crossed the finish line at 13.80, breaking his own school record for the third time this season and finishing 14th. His time was three one-thousandths shy of 12th place and a trip to the National Championship meet in Eugene, Oregon.
“Christian had a huge PR and narrowly missed making a trip to Eugene,” praised head coach Kevin Donner. “He has proven to be one of the nation’s top hurdlers during his junior year, and he is ready to take it to the highest levels next season.”