NEW YORK - For the first time in her career, Columbia junior Sharay Hale has advanced to the NCAA National Championship finals in the women's 400m dash. Hale qualified by finishing second in her heat and with the sixth fastest time of the day, with a career-best run of 52.98 in College Station, Texas. 

Hale, who is just .02 seconds from breaking the all-time Ivy League record in the event, has assured herself All-American honors as one of the top eight athletes in the nation. It will be the second year in a row Hale earns national honors, as she was named an All-American in 2010's outdoor season. Hale will run in the finals of the 400m dash, Saturday, March 12 at 6:40 pm.