Porteous is the first-ever Division I Regional Qualifier for NJIT
NJIT men's track and field standout John Porteous earned a spot in next week's NCAA East Regional in the men's 400-meter hurdles to be held in Jacksonville, Florida, the NCAA announced Thursday afternoon.
Porteous is one of 48 qualifiers for the preliminary races of the East Regional. His qualifying time of 51.67 seconds ranks him right in the middle of the qualifiers at 24th.
"This is an exciting time for NJIT track and field with our first qualification to the NCAA Track and Field East Regional," said head coach Al Alonso. "This is another first for our young program which gets better every year."
The East Regional, hosted by the University of North Florida, will run from Thursday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1 at Jacksonville's Hodges Stadium. A similar West Regional will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at the same time.
The top 12 finishers in each of the individual events at the respective Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, from June 11-14.
Here is a look at Porteous' resume:
- Ranked in the top 6 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the men's 400-meter hurdles and 200-meters by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) Division I report released on May 19. He ranks fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (51.67) and sixth in the men's 200-meters (21.05)
- Recorded a third-place finish in the men's 400-meter hurdles at the 2014 IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a new school-record mark of 51.67
- Captured the men's 400-meter hurdles title at the Princeton Elite Meet
- Won the men's 100-meters title at the Matthew Vassar Twilight Meet
- At the 2014 Brick City Classic, Porteous won the men's 200-meters
- He placed fourth overall in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays (top finisher out of his section)
- Picked up four first-place finishes at the 2014 Collegiate Track Conference Outdoor Championships in the men's 400-meter, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and 4x100 relay team. The NJIT track and field team captured its second straight title at the CTC Outdoor Championships
- At the Rider Invitational, he earned first place in the men's 400-meters and 4x100 relay
- Set two meet records at the Roadrunner Invitational, capturing the 200-meters and 110-meter hurdles titles
- Top performer for NJIT at the Monmouth Season Opener, recording a first-place finish in the men's 400-meters and 200-meters
- In the team's spring season opener at the 49ers Classic, he earned a third-place finish in the men's 400-meter hurdles