June 6, 2012
Turquoise Thompson advanced to her second consecutive NCAA final in the 400m hurdles after advancing out of the semifinal rounds on the opening day of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, IA on Wednesday. Thompson was running out of lane six in heat one and won her heat to automatically advance to the finals.
She clocked in at 55.59, a season-best, and was just .06 seconds shy of her career-best of 55.53. The nation's leading hurdler and 2012 Pac-12 champion, Georganne Moline of Arizona, fell over the ninth hurdle and finished last in heat one. Thompson was able to stay focused despite Moline falling in the lane next to her and charged down the final 100m to win the heat. Thompson's time ranks third in the NCAA this season and was the fastest run of all three heats.
Last season, Thompson finished second in the hurdles by .004 seconds.