NCAA Track & Field ACCtion: Friday, May 24

May 24, 2013

Tigers Add Six NCAA Outdoor Bids Friday at East Prelims

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Four of Clemson's five participants in the 100-meter dash advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday, day two of the East Preliminary Round from North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track. The Tiger men's team sent all three of its entries - Warren Fraser, Tevin Hester and Reggie Lewis -- through to the semifinal round in two weeks at the University of Oregon. In total, six Clemson athletes punched tickets to Eugene and the NCAA Championships on Friday.

Hester (10.26) led the three Clemson sprinters in the men's 100 dash, as all three went sub-10.30 for a second straight day. It marks the second time in school history the Tiger men's team has sent three sprinters to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 100 dash, joining the 2009 squad. It was Fraser's third straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the event, and Lewis' first-ever bid as a Clemson Tiger.

Dezerea Bryant was the fourth and final qualifier in the 100 for the Tigers, making it in the event for a second straight year. She ran a season-best 11.26 with a strong tailwind. Bryant then advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals in the 200 dash a couple of hours later, running 23.05 to win her heat.


Duke's Ross, Banks Qualify for NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C.  - Redshirt senior Cydney Ross and freshman Anima Banks both advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with their performances in the women's 800 meters on day two of the NCAA East First Round Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Friday, May 24. 

The veteran, Ross, went in to the competition focused and with a game plan.  She spent much of the race among the leaders to avoid the challenges and mishaps that can happen when running in the pack.  The St. Louis, Mo., native finished second in her heat and fifth overall, crossing the line in 2:05.76, to earn the automatic qualifier to her third consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The rookie, Banks, barely qualified to compete in Friday's quarterfinal round, grabbing the 24th and final slot.  She was seeded in the same heat with Ross but went into the race without expectation or a plan but she was still ready to compete.  The Mamaroneck, N.J., ran toward the back of the pack for the majority of the half mile distance but, her ability to race was evident in the final homestretch as she maneuvered her way into fifth place with a time of 2:07.84.  Her NCAA Championship qualification was not as instant as Ross's.  Instead, she had to wait for all heats to finish before she knew her time was good enough to earn her the 12th and final advancing spot. 


Track `Noles Add to NCAA Count

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Florida State men's and women's track & field teams combined for six more NCAA Championship meet qualifiers Friday, pushing its two-day total to 11 at the East Preliminary meet.


The Seminoles received dominant performances from freshman Morne Moolman and sophomore Colleen Quigley, who posted the top marks in the javelin and 3000-meter steeplechase, respectively, as the starting fields of 48 were pared to 12.

One throw away from failing to reach the finals, Moolman unleashed a meet-best throw of 75.17 meters (246-7) to easily outdistance the rest of the field. The South Africa native also improved on his Florida State school record mark, set initially at the Texas Relays in April, and will enter the June 5-8 championship meet at Oregon with the seventh-best throw in the country this year.

While Moolman's performance came in the opening event of the day at the Irwin Bell Track on the North Carolina A&T campus, Quigley helped close out the night. Running at the front from the gun, the 2012 All-American ran away from the first heat field, winning in a personal-best time of 9:49.44, which is off the school record held by 2012 Olympian Barbara Parker (9:48.42).


Georgia Tech's Brandon Lasater Qualifies for NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Georgia Tech track and field sophomore Brandon Lasater finished 10th in the 800 meters Friday at the NCAA East Preliminaries at Irwin Belk Track inside of Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T to qualify for the NCAA Championships set for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. 

Lasater took 10th place in the event and shaved almost two seconds off his time from Thursday with a 1:48.49 performance to make the national meet. The top 12 in each event earn a spot in the championship meet.

The Jackets continue action Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminaries with the jumps. Jonathan Gardner will take part in the men's triple jump (1 p.m.), and McKee and McLeod will take on their second events of the week in the women's triple jump at 5:30 p.m.

Mykhail Chambers wraps up the Jackets time at the NCAA East Preliminaries in the high jump at 6 p.m.

Maryland's LaFond Qualifies for NCAAs in High Jump

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Thea LaFond punched her ticket to the 2013 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a stellar showing in the high jump to lead the Terps at the NCAA East Regionals Friday.

LaFond tied for first place in the high jump with no misses throughout the competition. She cleared 5'11 1/4" on her first attempt to secure a place at the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Eugene, Ore.

Amber Melville placed 15th in the high jump with a mark of 5'9 3/4" and Amina Smith jumped 5'9 3/4" to finish 22nd in the competition.

Moriah Young placed 24th in the hammer throw with a mark of 54.81m (179'10"). Young will compete in the shot put on Saturday.

Miami's Johnson Advances to Final at East Preliminary

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The University of Miami track and field program had a student-athlete advance for the second consecutive day at the NCAA East Preliminary.

Lea Johnson won her flight in the women's hammer throw with a personal-best throw of 185' 6". The sophomore advanced to the finals of the women's hammer throw.

Isaiah Simmons placed 20th in the men's shot put with a throw of 57'. The redshirt freshman finished 13th in men's discus on Thursday.

Alaine Tate placed 22nd in the women's 800m with a time of 2:12.21. The junior ran the sixth fastest time in Thursday's preliminary, finishing in 2:05.20.

Christian Cook ran the men's 110m hurdles in 14.15 seconds. The sophomore did not advance to the next round, placing 31st out of 48 competitors.


North Carolina's Parros, Overstreet Advance to Nationals

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clayton Parros and Cameron Overstreet will represent the University of North Carolina track and field team at the NCAA National Championships, held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., after qualifying at the East Preliminary on Friday evening.

After running a collegiate best 45.73 to move on to the quarterfinal on Thursday, Parros punched his ticket to the NCAA National Championships in the men's 400 as he won his heat and finished third overall in 46.60. This marks the fourth consecutive national championship semifinal Parros has advanced to in his career. He won All-America honors in the 400 as a freshman in 2010.

Overstreet earned her first NCAA National Championships berth as she placed 12th in the women's pole vault. She advanced in a jump-off at the 13-1 ½ (4.00 meters) height.

Competition at the NCAA East Preliminary continues on Saturday with Carolina seeing action at 5:30 p.m. from Tristine Johnson and Briana Hudson in the women's triple jump and Sarah Howard in the women's shot put. Lianne Farber will run in the quarterfinal of the women's 800 as she vies for her spot at the national championships at 6:30 p.m. John Raneri will run in the men's 5,000 semifinal at 8:45 p.m. The men's 4x400 relay will close out the NCAA first round as they run in the quarterfinal at 9:45 p.m.


Pack Track & Field Completes Day Two of NCAA Regional

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The NC State track and field team completed the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Friday evening at North Carolina A&T University.

Freshman Alexis Perry ran a season-best time of 13.58 in the women's 100-meter hurdle prelims, besting her previous high of 13.60, but finished 26th overall and just two spots shy of a qualifying spot in Saturday's semifinals.

In the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, redshirt junior Samantha Norman ran a season-best 10:19.12, but finished in 17th place and just five spots short of a trip to Eugene, Ore., for the finals in two weeks. Norman's time in the event also ranks sixth on the program's all-time charts.


Cavaliers Continue Competition at NCAA East Preliminaries

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams continued to compete for places at the NCAA Championships in Oregon during day two of the NCAA East Preliminary rounds at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T. The Cavaliers had six athletes in action on Friday but none were able to advance to the next round of the meet.

Jordan Lavender was the only Cavalier to compete in two events on Friday. After advancing from the first round in the 400m on Thursday, she finished 16th in the quarterfinals with a time of 53.31, just shy of the top 12 that advance to Oregon. Later in the evening she finished 38th in the first round of the 200m in a time of 24.33.

Anthony Kostelac just missed qualifying for Oregon in the men's 800m. His time of 1:50.45 was the 14th best time of the quarterfinal round.

In the men's 400m quarterfinals, Payton Hazzard did not advance as he ran 47.46, which was good for 20th place.


Four More Hokies Qualify for the NCAA Championships on Day Two of Regionals

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Day two of the NCAA East Preliminary Round had its share of scary moments for the Virginia Tech track & field team, but ultimately four Hokies came away with tickets to Eugene. Throwers Annjulie Vester and Matthias Treff made things a little too interesting during the early part of the day before earning their spots while Martina Schultze and Darrell Wesh had easier time in their events.

Vester's day started off with a scare as she fouled her first two attempts in the hammer throw, but the sophomore came through on her third attempt with a throw 195-5 (59.56m) to qualify for the finals. On her next throw she sealed her first trip to the NCAA Championships after coming up just shy of her personal best at 203-0 (61.89m).

If the women's hammer didn't provide enough drama for the Hokies, Matthias Treff made things far more interesting than expected. The top javelin thrower in the field, and one of the best in the country during his career, Treff struggled throughout the afternoon. His first attempt landed at 223-8 (68.18m) which was good enough to earn him a spot in the finals, but his throws progressively dropped in distance along with a pair of fouls. Sitting in 11th heading into the last round, Treff was passed twice and bumped out of qualifying, but on his last attempt, he reared back and moved into ninth with a throw of 229-0 (69.80m) to earn his third trip to nationals.


Wake Forest Competes at Day Two of NCAA East Regional

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Wake Forest track and field had six student-athletes compete in the NCAA East Regional on Friday night including two who competed in the semifinal rounds.

Sean Lunkenheimer and Thomas Bojanowski came short of qualifying for the championships, but still posted strong performances in the semifinals on Friday.

Lunkenheimer qualified on Thursday night for the semifinal round of the 400m while Bojanowski earned a spot in the semifinals with a chance to go to the NCAA Championships.

Katie Adair (pole vault) and Ben Lincoln (javelin) came within one place of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

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