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McCorory takes second in semifinal, advances to U.S. women's 400-meter final

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Hampton native Francena McCorory advanced to the final in the 400-meter dash at track and field's U.S. outdoor championships in Sacramento, Calif.

The former Bethel High and Hampton University star finished in 50.05 seconds, runner-up in her heat to fellow Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross (50.03). They will be among the eight finalists at 4:05 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

Kiara Porter, a Tabb High graduate who competes for VCU, finished 12th -- sixth in the second heat -- in 52.47 and did not qualify.

In the women's 100-meter hurdles, former Virginia Tech standout Queen Harrison, who grew up in Richmond, led the preliminaries at 12.56 seconds -- ahead of the better-known Lolo Jones (12.62) -- and advanced to the semifinals.

“It was good," Harrison said on "I was working on my start and trying to be powerful in my first three steps. Overall it was a great run.”

In the men's 400-meter semis, HU runner Je'von Hutchison's run ended with a 46.25-second clocking that netted him 14th place among 15 competitors.

In the men's 100-meter dash semifinals, Virginia Tech's Darrell Wesh endured a mishap. The Landstown High graduate placed 13th -- far last among the runners who started -- at 19.46.

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