NCAA Track & Field ACCtion: Saturday, May 25

May 25, 2013

Tigers Close East Regional by Qualifying 11 Student-Athletes, Two Relays for NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Eleven individuals combined for 13 bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while Clemson qualified both of its 4x100 relays at the East Preliminary Round at North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track. The Tiger women qualified five different athletes for a total of seven bids, with the men's team earning six different individual spots.

A pair of sophomore classmates from the Tiger women's team qualified for their second individual event on Saturday. Dezerea Bryant earned a trip in the 200 dash, putting her in the field in both short sprints for a second straight season. She ran a personal best 22.88 on Saturday, the third-best time of the quarterfinal round. Keni Harrison qualified in the 100 hurdles, making her a double qualifier in the hurdles a second straight outdoor season. She ran 12.96, second-best in the quarterfinals.

The top quarterfinal time of the 100 hurdles belonged to Clemson superstar Brianna Rollins, who ran 12.72 with a minimal tailwind. She was just three one-hundredths off the meet record. Rollins was the 2012 silver medalist in the event in Des Moines, Iowa.

Clemson qualified two men's 110-meter hurdlers for a second straight year, with Spencer Adams winning his quarterfinal in 13.51 and Marcus Maxey making it on time at 13.72. The two both competed at last year's outdoor national meet, with Adams taking the bronze medal in Des Moines.


Blue Devil 4x400 Relay Breaks School Record to Close Weekend

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In the final event of the 2013 NCAA East First Round, the Duke women's 4x400 meter relay set a new school record by clocking a time of 3:37.51. Sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon ran a 52.8 anchor leg to secure the school record breaking time. 

The team consisted of senior Cydney Ross and sophomores Kerpon, Lauren Hansson and Alexis Roper.  The quartet finished 15th overall, missing qualification for the NCAA Championships by just over a second. 

After three days of competition, the Duke roster for the NCAA Championships totals four, including Curtis Beach(decathlon), Austin Gamble (discus), Anima Banks (800) and Ross (800).

Whalen Leads Final Day Charge as ‘Noles Qualify 17 for Championship Meet

GREENSBORO, N.C.  — The Florida State track & field teams will travel 17 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships after strong finish to Saturday’s East Preliminary meet at Irwin Bell Track on the North Carolina A&T campus.

The Seminoles qualified in five more events on the final day of competition.

Junior Chelsea Whalen led the charge, qualifying for the June 5-8 trip to Eugene, Ore., in both the javelin and the shot put in events that ran virtually one right after the other. Whalen qualified sixth overall in the javelin with a new personal-best throw of 49.40 meters (162-1). She followed up in the shot put as the No. 5 qualifier with a throw of 16.26m (53-4.25).

The entire day was a lesson in perseverance for the Seminoles, who overcame slow starts, injuries and keen competition with sheer determination.

Three Yellow Jackets Qualify For NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C.  Three Georgia Tech track and field triple jumpers in Jonathan Gardner, Jhanelle McLeod and Julienne McKee finished in the top 12 Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminaries at Irwin Belk Track inside Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T to qualify for the NCAA Championships set for June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

McLeod, who set the Georgia Tech triple jump record earlier this season, took third in the event with a distance of 12.98m (42-07). 

McKee qualified for her second trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a distance of 12.74m (41-9.75) and ninth place. Last season, McKee advanced to the National meet in the triple and long jumps. 

Gardner placed 11th in the triple jump with a leap of 15.36m (50-4.75) to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships. 

The three jumpers join Brandon Lasater (800 meters) to round out Tech’s qualifiers.


Terps Led by LaFond, Young in Final Day of East Regionals


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Moriah Young and Thea LaFond clinched spots in the 2013 NCAA Women's Track & Field Championships with outstanding performances that helped wrap up the final day of NCAA East Regionals on Saturday.

Young's shot put throw of 52-03.75 is the best of any Terp this season and beats her own record as the second-best distance in Maryland outdoor track & field history. She finished 11th overall.

After qualifying for NCAA Championships in the high jump yesterday, LaFond continued with the momentum she brought into East Regionals and recorded a distance of 42-01.25 in the triple jump to earn a seventh place finish and qualified for NCAAs in this event, too. LaFond is the only Terp to qualify for more than one event.

Freshman Chioma Onyekwere also competed in the shot put on Saturday. The freshman finished 22nd with a distance of 49-09.00.


Miami's Williams Shines at NCAA East Preliminary

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The University of Miami track and field program wrapped up its showing the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary with a strong performance from senior All-American Samantha Williams.

The standout jumper cleared 42' 3.50' in the women's triple jump to advance to the finals of the event. Williams positioned herself fourth among 48 competitors, qualifying for the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the second consecutive year with her best jump of the 2013 outdoor season.

While Williams shined on Saturday, she was not the only Hurricane competing in the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary.

The women's 4x100m relay team placed 22nd, with Alyssa McClure, Jokira Jiles, Jasmyne King and Kelsey Balkwill finishing the race in 45.67 seconds.


Trio of Tar Heels Going To NCAAs

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Lianne Farber, Briana Hudson, and Tristine Johnson each punched their tickets to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8, after closing competition at the East Preliminary on Saturday.

Farber clinched her NCAA Nationals berth in the women's 1,500 as she placed sixth in her heat and 11th overall in 4:16.67. This is Farber's first NCAA outdoor championship qualification. She earned All-America honors for the 2012 cross country season.

In the women's triple jump, Hudson and Johnson each advanced to the NCAA National Championships after reaching into the quarterfinals with their first three attempts, ultimately resulting in their highest marks. Hudson ranked first in her flight jumping 41-5 ¾ (12.64 meters) on her third attempt and finished 12th overall. Johnson finished 10th overall, third in her flight, as she cleared 41-8 ½ (12.71 meters) on her second attempt.

Four Wolfpack Punch Bids to Eugene

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On the third and final day of the NCAA East Regional, the NC State track and field team saw four more student-athletes qualify for the final rounds of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Saturday evening at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T University.

The finals will take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., at the University of Oregon.

With a trip to his very last NCAA Final on the line, redshirt senior and six-time track All-American Ryan Hill saved the drama for the final lap in the first heat of the men's 1,500-meter semifinal. Hill sat in eighth place entering the final 400 meters of the race before making a late charge to the front of the field to finish second with a time of 3:47.77.

In the men's 5,000-meter race, redshirt junior Andrew Colley earned his first bid to the NCAA outdoor finals with a fifth-place finish in the first heat of the event. Colley crossed the finish line in 14:01.41 and placed ninth overall between the two combined heats.


Virginia Trio Punch Their Tickets to Eugene

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams had three athletes qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships during the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at Aggie Stadium on the campus of North Carolina A&T. Abbey Karin, Barbara Strehler and Mark Amirault will all represent the Cavaliers at next month's meet in Eugene, Ore., as will Thomas Porter who qualified on Thursday.

Karin advanced to the NCAA Championships with a ninth place finish in the women's javelin. She threw 47.60m (156'2") to qualify for the NCAA meet for the first time in her career.

Strehler was the 12th and final qualifier in the women's 5000m as she set a PR of 16:07.70, the fourth best time in school history. She was seventh in the first heat and her time was good enough to be one of the two at-large qualifiers among runners not in the top five of each heat. It is her first trip to the NCAA Championships.

Amirault was second in his heat of the men's 5000m to become an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships. He ran a time of 14:00.54, as he moved from seventh to second during the final lap of the race. It is his first NCAA Championship appearance as a Cavalier, and second overall, having earned second-team All-American honors in the 5000m at Princeton in 2011. 

Ten Hokies Earn Trips to NCAA Championships

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Virginia Tech track & field team matched day two’s total of four qualifiers on the final day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Irwin Belk Track. In all, the Hokies walked away from the three-day regional meet with 10 individual qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

In the early afternoon, Tech's hammer throwing duo of Tomas Kruzliak and Denis Mahmic did exactly what they needed to qualify for NCAA’s. With a mindset of wasting no time, both made sure that they had a trip secured within their first three throws. Kruzliak, the nation’s top thrower, hit a mark of 219-44 (66.86m) on his first attempt, which would have ultimately been enough to qualify, but he followed that up with a throw of 222-4 (67.77m), which eventually finished second.

For Mahmic, he was just shy of the 60-meter mark on his first two throws, but was able to pull off a qualifying mark of 205-8 (62.68m) on his third attempt which remained in the top 12 after the finals.


Demon Deacons Finish Competition at NCAA East Regional

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Wake Forest track and field team wrapped up competition on Saturday at the NCAA East Regional hosted by North Carolina A&T State University.

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

Men's 1500m
Kyle Graves finished 18th overall in the 1500m in the semifinals with a time of 3:49.14. On Thursday, Graves set a career-best in the quarterfinals by finishing in 3:44.12 which ranks third all-time at Wake Forest.

Men's 5000m
Alexander Rose crossed the finish line at 15:06.71 in the 5000m. Rose had several top finishes this season and competed in the 1500m prelims on Thursday in the NCAA East Regional.