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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 usatf.org. "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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