NCAA Track & Field ACCtion: Thursday, May 23

May 23, 2013


Pair of Clemson Long Jumpers Earn NCAA Berths on Day One of East Preliminary Round

CLEMSON, S.C. - A pair of long jumpers qualified for the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships to highlight Clemson's first day of the East Preliminary Round at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, NC. Jameel Abdul-Mateen of the Tiger men's team and Mimi Land from the 15th-ranked women's squad both earned trips to the national semifinals, a first for both student-athletes.

Land put together a consistent preliminary series, jumping a best of 19'11.75" on the third attempt to secure a spot in the finals. From there, she only slid two spots after not improving on her best. The 11th-place position was good enough to secure at least one Tiger female NCAA bid three of the last four outdoor seasons in the long jump.

Abdul-Mateen was impressive earlier in the day with his back against the wall. The sophomore out of Covington, Ga., fouled his first two attempts and needed a legal mark to make the final 16. He did that, and improved to a leap of 24'11.75" on his sixth and final attempt of the day. He was fifth out of 48 jumpers, earning the automatic bid to Eugene for the first time in his career. He is the fourth male long jumper in Clemson history to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, joining Kai Maull, George Kitchens and George Fields.

Keni Harrison had the top first round time in the women's 400 hurdles. The sophomore from Clayton, N.C., ran a sizzling time of 55.77, lowering her personal best and the school record as well. She will compete for one of 12 spots in Friday's quarterfinal round at 7:30 PM.


Duke's Gamble Advances to NCAA Championships in the Discus

GREENSBORO, N.C. - In the first event of the NCAA East First Round in Greensboro, N.C., redshirt junior Austin Gamble qualified for the NCAA Championships in the men's discus by finishing seventh overall Thursday, May 23. The Weston, Fla., native earned his best mark of the day on his first throw, measuring 184-5 (56.22) to give him the qualifying mark. 

Later in the women's 800 meters, redshirt senior Cydney Ross made setting a new personal record look easy by clocking 2:04.53, finishing second in her heat and qualifying for Friday's final.  Freshman Anima Banks also set a new personal record by running a time of 2:06.82 in the event, which was good enough to slide her into the 24th and final qualifying slot to join Ross. The two qualifying times also place the women second and fifth on Duke's all-time list.

Banks was one of several Blue Devils who made their NCAA East First Round debut Thursday. Redshirt freshman Stephen Boals competed in the discus and finished 19th overall, ten slots ahead of his ranking, with his best throw of the day measuring 169-11(51.80). The Loomis Calif., native will return to action tomorrow in the men's shot put. On the track, sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon ran the 400 meters in 54.58 to finish 36th overall, five slots ahead of her initial ranking. She will also have another shot at an NCAA Championship berth in the women's 4x400 relay.    


Five Seminoles Secure NCAA Championship Berths on Opening Day


GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Florida State track & field teams finished strong on the opening day of the NCAA East Preliminary round, qualifying five athletes to the NCAA Championship meet and moving a solid group on to quarterfinal round action.

The Seminoles' distance runners came through in a big way to close the competition. Junior Kayleigh Tyerman and senior Michael Fout closed out the night with second-place finishes in the women's and men's 10,000-meter races, respectively. They will be joined in Eugene, Ore., for the June by senior Breandan O'Neill, who placed 10th.

Tyerman, an Oregon native, posted the second-fastest time in Florida State history. She ran with the lead pack for the entire race and surged into the lead with two laps remaining before coming home second in 33:20.74.

Fout and O'Neill found themselves in a completely different race as the competition began in a downpour, which lent to a slow early pace. Fout moved toward the front early and stayed there on the way to his third consecutive NCAA Championships appearance in 29:54.22. O Neill worked his way through the pack to secure his first trip to the championship meet in 30:01.28.


Jackets Wrap Up Day One at NCAA East Preliminaries


GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Georgia Tech track and field team wrapped up day one at the NCAA East Preliminaries Thursday at Irwin Belk Track inside of Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T. The top 12 in each event qualify for the NCAA Championships June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

Aaron Unterberger's 13th-place finish in the pole vault highlighted the Jackets' day. Unterberger reached a height of 5.15m (16-10.75).

Also in the field events, Julienne McKee placed 14th in the long jump with a leap of 6.06m (19-10.75). Jhanelle McLeod took 25th (5.95m; 19-6.25), followed by Jasmine Kent in 37th (5.73m; 18-9.75) and Donjhae Jones in 46th (5.28m; 17-4).   

On the track, Brandon Lasater finished first for Tech and 29th overall with a time of 1:50.90 in the 800 meters. Zack Faneltyfollowed in his footsteps in 30th place (1:50.91) and Cole Jackob took 40th 1:52.55.

Broderick Snoddy ran the 100 meters in 10.71 for 46th and Jeremy Greenwald completed the 1500 meters in 3:50.95 for 36th place.


Maryland's Hicks, Sinkovitz Compete in 800m at Regionals

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Myah Hicks and Julie Sinkovitz represented the University of Maryland in the 800m at the 2013 NCAA East Regionals Thursday.

Hicks finished fourth in her heat (2:07.54) and took 28th overall. Sinkovitz captured fifth in her heat with a time of 2:08.48. That mark registered 35th overall at the meet.

The Terps return to action with four events remaining. Amber Melville, Thea LaFond, andAmina Smith will compete in the high jump. LaFond is slated for the triple jump. Chioma Onyekwere and Moriah Young will participate in the shot put and Young will wrap up the competition in the hammer throw. 


Miami's Tate Advances to Track Quarterfinals


GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of Miami track and field program ended its first day at the NCAA East Preliminary on a high note.

Miami's Alaine Tate ran the women's 800m in a personal-best time of 2:05.20. The junior placed third in her heat, automatically qualifying for the Friday's quarterfinal.

Tate was not the only Hurricane competing in the women's 800. Sophomore Taneisha Cordell also competed in the 800m, finishing her heat in 2:10.07.

Tate and Cordell were two of seven Miami student-athletes competing on the campus of North Carolina A&T Thursday.

Isaiah Simmons finished 13th in men's discus with a throw of 164' 4". The redshirt freshman will compete in the men's shot put beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.


Five Tar Heels Move On At NCAA Opening Round

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Carolina advanced five Tar Heels to the quarterfinals of their respective events at the NCAA East Preliminary putting them one step closer to the NCAA National Championships.

RJ Alowonle raced a new personal best 51.03 to place second in his heat of the men's 400-meter hurdles. He automatically advanced to the next round and will race at 7:45 p.m. on Friday. Alowonle now ranks fifth in the Carolina school records for the 400-meter hurdles with today's race and is seeded seventh in the quarterfinal.

Clayton Parros ran a personal best 45.73 in the men's 400, a time that ranks him fourth all-time in the UNC record books. He automatically advanced to the quarterfinals and will take the track on Friday at 6:15 p.m. Parros' time is seeded seventh.

Elizabeth Whelan advanced to the quarterfinal for the women's 800 as she paced herself to a 2:06.40 finish. She will race as the 16th-seeded runner at 7 p.m. on Friday.


Four Wolfpack Advance to Finals on First Day of NCAA Regional

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The NC State track and field team saw two throwers, one jumper and a distance runner advance to the finals of the 2013 NCAA Championships Thursday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T University.

Facing yet another high-pressure task, senior Karimah Shepherd came through in the clutch in the women's long jump on her sixth and final attempt. After five jumps, Shepherd ranked 14th overall and needed to climb at least two spots in the standings to advance to the finals.

It was then that the 2013 ACC Champion took flight with a monster 20' 3.25" (6.19m) leap into the sand pit to move into fourth place and clinch a spot in the final round, which will take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., at the University of Oregon.

The Wolfpack also had a pair of throwers advance to the finals when redshirt junior Nathaniel Williams recorded his second-best throw of the season in the men's discus with a 182' 6.00" (55.64m) measurement to finish in eighth place. Redshirt freshman and 2013 All-ACC performer SeQuoia Watkins placed 10th in the women's discus with a 163' 9.00" (49.91m) heave to punch her ticket to Eugene.


Virginia's Qualifies for Eugene on Day One of NCAA East Preliminaries

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams had six athletes advance during the first day of the NCAA East Preliminary Meet, held at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T. The highlight of the first day for the Cavaliers was Thomas Porter, who became the first Virginia athlete to qualify for the NCAA Championships next month in Oregon.

Porter finished seventh in the men's 10000m on Thursday night in a time of 30:00.23. The top 12 finishers from that semifinal race advanced to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 5-8 at the University of Oregon.

Five other Cavaliers advanced Thursday to compete in quarterfinal races later in the preliminary meet for a trip to Oregon. Vicky Fouhy and Jordan Lavender reached the quarterfinals of the women's 1500m and 400m, respectively. The Virginia men had three athletes advance to quarterfinals, with Taylor Gilland in the 1500m, Anthony Kostelac in the 800m and Payton Hazzard in the 400m.

Fouhy automatically qualified for the quarterfinals of the women's 1500m, finishing third in her heat at 4:17.68. Her time was the fourth fastest overall time in the four first-round heats.


Virginia Tech's Artis-Gray, Uhle Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships


GREENSBORO, N.C. - During the early afternoon at Irwin Belk Track, it was Jeff Artis-Gray securing his spot to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the long jump, but with the sun going down in the evening, Chris Uhle punched Virginia Tech's second ticket to nationals on day one of the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Artis-Gray made quick work in the long jump, earning his spot to Eugene, Ore., with his first jump of the day, but the senior went one further and solidified his spot. On his second attempt, he sailed to a mark of 25-8¼ (7.83m). With a birth to nationals all but locked up, he took the rest of the afternoon off, passing on his final four attempts, yet still coming away with the top jump of the day.

Not to be outdone, Chris Uhle captured his first trip to the championships with a perfect day in the pole vault as he set a new personal best at 17-2¾ (5.25m) on his fifth attempt of the day. After passing on the opening height, the sophomore breezed through his next five heights. After easily sailing over the last bar, Uhle appeared to have plenty enough to clear higher marks, but it wasn't needed. He finished the event as only one of four vaulters to end the day without miss.


Three Deacs Advance to Semifinals at NCAA East Regionals

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest track and field began competition in the NCAA East Regional First Rounds on Thursday with events continuing through Saturday evening.

Sean Lunkenheimer will head to the semifinal round of the 400m hurdles on Friday night after posting a time of 52.14 seconds on Thursday. Kyle Graves also qualified for the semifinals as he will compete in the 1500m race on Saturday after crossing the line at 3:44.22.

Thomas Bojanowski posted a time of 1:49.66 in the 800m which puts him in the semifinals on Friday night as well.

The top 12 athletes from the regional meet advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 5-8.