Roman Skovronski, College of San Mateo’s No. 2 all-time 400 meter hurdler, qualified the National Junior (under age 20) Championship finals at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The CSM freshman ran 53.32 seconds in his qualifying heat on Friday, just .01 off his personal best, to post the fifth best time among Saturday’s eight finalists.
The top two finishers in the finals will qualify for the USA team for next month’s World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
Skovronski posted his personal best of 53.31 to finish a close second in the Northern California Community College Championships at CSM last month. That mark ranks No. 2 on CSM’s all-time performers list.
His competition in Indiana includes the leading college freshmen and high school senior hurdlers in the country vying for a summer trip to Spain. Skovronski has met the World Junior entry time of 53.34.
But the competition on Saturday will be tough, headed by top qualifiers Eric Futch of Lansdowne, Pa., who improved his national high school leading time for Penn Wood to 51.18, and Greg Coleman of Texas A&M (51.30).
Skovronski had the second fastest time of any of the college runners on Friday and has a full season of experience running the full lap college hurdles race to call upon for the finals. High school athletes normally run only 300 meters.