Baji, Julmis Qualify for Semifinals of 110 Meter Hurdles

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former Wildcats Jeffrey Julmis and Balazs Baji both qualified for the semifinals of the 110 meter hurdles as day four of track and field came to a close at the Olympic Stadium in a rainy Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday. 
 
Julmis started off the competition running in the first heat of the 110 meter hurdles. The hurdler, representing Haiti in Rio, posted a time of 13.66 to finish in third place in his heat and tied for the 22nd-best time overall to automatically qualify for his first Olympic semifinals. Julmis finished in 38th place in the event at the London Games in 2012. 
 
Baji followed suit, running a time of 13.52 to finish in second place in the second heat. The Hungarian’s time was tied for the 11th-best time in the entire field. Baji is also making his first appearance in the semifinals after finishing in 35th place at the London Games. 

“Jeff looked like his old self,” Kansas State head coach Cliff Rovelto said. “He really finished strong in his race. Balazs ran his race in pouring rain. He has had a great year thus far.”
 
Sophomore-to-be Shadae Lawrence competed in the discus throw at her first ever Olympics, finishing in 22nd place with a throw of 57.09m/187-03. Lawrence recorded her mark of 57.09m/187-03 on her first attempt. After dealing with rainy conditions caused a weather delay, the Jamaican faulted on her final two attempts to earn her 22nd-place finish.

“Shadae was the first thrower in the meet and had a solid effort,” Rovelto added about the only current Wildcat at the Olympics. “Unfortunately, there was a long rain delay and she could not get back in rhythm. She had a phenomenal year for a freshman and to cap it off with an appearance in the Olympic Games is pretty special.” 
 
Tuesday will be busy for K-State’s former track athletes. Erik Kynard gets the afternoon session started in the finals of the men’s high jump at 6:30 p.m. CT. Baji and Julmis will follow just 10 minutes later in the semifinal round of the 110 meter hurdles. A live stream from both events, as well as results, can be found here
 
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2016 Olympic Games
Olympic Stadium
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles
T11. Balazs Baji – 13.52Q
T22. Jeffrey Julmis – 13.66Q
 
Women’s Discus 
22. Shadae Lawrence – 57.09m/187-03