Kendra Harrison from the University of Kentucky finished second in her heat in the 100-meter hurdles on Thursday, and advanced to Friday's semifinals at the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing Olympic Stadium in China.
Harrison qualified for the semifinals with a time of 12.90 seconds, finishing just behind Jamaica's Danielle Williams in the first of five heats totaling 37 hurdlers. Harrison, who won the NCAA championship in this event as a senior this past spring, was one of 27 athletes to advance to the semifinals.
Friday's semifinals, which begin at 7:25 a.m. EDT, feature three heats of nine individuals each. The top two finishers from each heat, plus the next two best overall qualifying times move on to the finals, which will be contested Friday at 9:35 a.m.
Harrison is making her debut in senior international competition and is considered a medal contender. Entering the meet, she had the third-fastest time this year among athletes entered in the field.
Kentucky's Edrick Floreal is the head coach for Team USA men at the World Championships.