By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Christine Sonali Merrill, a Bakersfield Christian High School and UC San Diego graduate competing for the nation of Sri Lanka in the Olympics, placed ninth among nine runners in the fifth and final heat race Sunday and did qualify for the next round. Merrill's time was 57.15 seconds. The winning time in her heat was by Perri Shakes-Drayton of Great Britain, who clocked in at 54.62. One runner in each of the first two heats ran faster than 54 seconds. Merrill's personal-best is 56.83.