JACKSONVILLE, Florida – UNCW senior Dylan Skinner advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Round on Thursday when he finished fourth overall in the 800 meters with a school record time of 1:48.27 at Hodges Stadium.

Skinner, who is making his NCAA regional debut, finished third in the fastest heat of the event. Five of eight runners in the heat also qualified for the next round on Friday. The next quarterfinal round race will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday.

“Running in the last heat was great for Dylan,” said UNCW Head Coach Jim Sprecher. “It’s the last heat of the race and you know what you have to run to advance to the next round. He was strong throughout the race and in the last 200 meters, he looked like he was shot out of a cannon, passing people left and right. What a great job by Dylan.”

Skinner smashed his own record of 1:49.71, set earlier this season at the Charlotte Invitational.

“I didn’t know when I finished if I had the school record, but I knew I ran fast,” said Skinner. “I was dead last after the 400 and 600 meter marks, but I had told myself prior to the race that I was going to give everything I had and in the final 200 meters I kicked myself into a high gear and started passing people.”

“I’m going to get something to eat, start my recovery session and prepare for tomorrow’s race,” said Skinner following his warm down period following the race.

In the men’s 400 Hurdles, junior Cody Love finished fifth in his heat with a time of 52.99 seconds, which placed him 40th overall in the event.

Junior Cam Walton will compete in the Triple Jump for the Seahawks on Friday. It will be his second appearance in the NCAA East Preliminary Round, but his first in the Triple Jump.