Pleasantville High graduate Nia Ali, a two-time world champion indoors, easily advanced to the finals of the 100-meter hurdles Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Ali, who ran 12.68 in the trials, ran another 12.68 in the semis, placing second in the first of four races behind Brianna Rollins, who ran 12.60.
Rollins and Ali go into the finals with the two-fastest times. The only other hurdlers under 12.80 were Kristi Castlin (12.77) and Queen Harrison (12.78)
The top two in each of three semis, plus the next two fastest times, advanced to the eight-person final.
Ali’s 12.68, run during a steady rain, matches her season-best and is No. 8 in the world. Her PR is 12.48 from 2013.
The finals are scheduled for 8:54 p.m. Friday.
Ali, a Philadelphia native, began her high school career at West Catholic.