Update: Video of Kitur's race appears at the bottom of this article, courtesy of VMI Athletic Communications.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - VMI's Felix Kitur won his heat in the opening round of the 800-meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, contested Thursday night at North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. With the win, Kitur moves on to Friday's quarterfinals, where he will contend for a berth at the NCAA Championships.
Kitur won his heat in 1:51.19, prevailing in what would wind up as the slowest of the six heats. The senior went out with the leaders in the opening 200 meters, running in a pack of five and completing the opening 200 in 26.56. Coming around the curve, Kitur would trip slightly while running in traffic and would slow noticeably. He then went to the outside, coming to the completion of the first lap, and moved to third with a 29.04 second 200 split.
Kitur was then able to move to second at the third split, running the third 200 in 28.76 before closing well, running a 26.84 to close out the race and edge second place David Mokone of Western Kentucky. This was Kitur's fifth heat win in seven career tries at this event, and he will bid for his fourth career appearance at the NCAA Championships Friday night.
VMI track and field will return to action Friday, when Jennifer Sing takes part in the women's pole vault at 11 a.m., while Kitur runs at 7 p.m.