GENEVA, Ohio – After completing her heat in Friday's women's 100m preliminaries at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, senior Aishat Sadiq was led to the competitors' paddock and then walked to the SPIRE Institute's indoor track facility, where she found a bathroom.
Without her glasses on, Sadiq was unable to read the giant display board in the southeast corner of the track. She heard no cheering or anyone calling her name, or heard nothing that indicated how finished.
"I just thought I didn't make it. I didn't advance," said Sadiq.
It wasn't until coaches Rob Hewitt and Evander Wells found her inside the indoor track building – "sulking," as Hewitt described it – that they were able to tell her she had advanced to Saturday's 100m finals.
Sadiq finished fifth among the 22 runners in the preliminaries, third in her heat, with a time of 11.88 seconds, obliterating her previous personal best of 12.14 seconds. That time sets a new "all conditions" Earlham record in the women's 100m, due to the 2.8 meters/second wind recorded on the SPIRE Institute track during Sadiq's heat.
Sadiq will be one of nine entries in Saturday's women's 100m finals, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (subject to change due to weather). The top eight finishers in the finals automatically earn All-America honors.
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