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Cal Lutheran Freshman Bernard Earns Berth in NAIA 400-Meter Sprint Final

Darren Bernard of Cal Lutheran continued his stellar freshman year Friday, qualifying for today’s 400-meter sprint final in the NAIA track and field championships at Azusa Pacific.

Bernard, from Thousand Oaks High, finished fourth in his semifinal in 47.35 seconds, three-tenths of a second off his school record. His time was the seventh fastest in the qualifying round.

“I’m ecstatic about qualifying,” Bernard said. “The competition level is better than what I expected. These guys start fast and finish fast. They really move out. My goal for the finals is to run 46.2.”

Regals Coach Tom Green is optimistic about Bernard’s chances.

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“Darren ran really relaxed, but in the finals, he’ll have to put it all together,” Green said. “He should be in the top six and be an All-American.”

In the women’s competition, Susan Bluhm was eliminated after placing sixth in her 400-meter heat (59.21).

Cal Lutheran also will be represented in the discus by men’s school record-holder Torii Lehr and women’s record-holder Vicki Gurney.


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