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August 19th, 2008
Texas State ex qualifies for Olympic sprint hurdles final

STAFF REPORT

As Jamaican runners make their marks on the Beijing Olympics, one of them also is making a mark for Texas State.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton has survived two rounds of heats in 100-meter hurdles, qualifying for the finals to be run at 9:30 a.m. today.

Foster-Hylton won her first heat Sunday, completing the short course in 12.69 seconds, the third best time among all runners through the first round of heats. Josephine Nnkiruka of Spain and Susanna Kallur of Sweden each ran that round in 12.68 seconds.

Foster-Hylton qualified for the finals Monday by a fairly comfortable margin, running her semifinal heat in 12.76 seconds. The top three semifinal times belonged to American runners, with Lolo Jones going 12.43, Damu Cherry going 12.62 and Dawn Harper going 12.66 seconds.

Foster-Hylton is in the Olympics for the third time after qualifying for Jamaica in 2000 and 2004. She earned All-American honors after finishing third at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships for Texas State (then Southwest Texas State). Foster-Hylton set a school and Southland Conference record of 13.13 seconds in 1998.

She also is a two-time Southland Conference champion in the 100-meter hurdles and scored the most points as an individual at the 1998 SLC Championships with 33 points after winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes, along with the 100-meter hurdles. Foster-Hylton also holds the Southland Conference Championships meet record with a time of 13.19 seconds in 1998.

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