Deptford grad Tyler Garland easily advanced to the 110-meter hurdles final Thursday at the NCAA Division 3 Championships outside Cleveland.
Garland, a sophomore at Rowan, ran 14.38 in the second of three qualifying rounds, finishing in a near dead heat with Eddie Mahana, a junior at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
With only the winner of each of three heats advancing automatically, their times were taken to 1,000th-of-a-second, and Mahana was credited with a 14.372 with Garland in 14.380.
But Garland was safely among the six wild-card qualifiers. His 14.38 ranked second among the non-winners, behind only Mason Plant of Mount Union in Gambier, Ohio, who ran 14.31.
Overall, Garland’s time was fourth-fastest of 20 qualifiers, but he’s considered the fifth seed since he was the second-fastest non-winner.
The final is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Garland has a PR of 14.28 from the trials of the All-Atlantic Regionals at Cortland, N.Y., earlier this month.
Garland hasn’t lost a high hurdles final since the Widener Invitational in mid-April, when he was second to Mahana. He’s the NJAC and All-Atlantic champion.