NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Saturday, May 26

May 27, 2012

Dominating & Celebrating

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With brilliant performances across the board capping three days of action at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, Florida State's track & field teams will head to the NCAA Championship meet with 21 athletes and high hopes.

The Seminoles completed their impressive romp at Hodges Stadium on the UNF campus Saturday by adding national qualifiers in seven more events, with the FSU men's sprinters and women's distance corps leading the charge.

"I think we carried the momentum from yesterday to today," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "I don't know that it was a better day, but how could you be better than yesterday."

That's hard to quantify, but the Seminoles were no less impressive.

Hokies qualify 16 to NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Seniors Hunter Hall (pole vault) and Joe Davis (pole vault), senior Michael Hammond (1500 meters), junior Ronnie Black (high jump), senior Keith Ricks (200 meters), senior Will Mulherin (5000 meters) and the men's 4x100 meter relay team qualified for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday as the Virginia Tech men's and women's track & field teams competed on the third and final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida.

Tech will send a total of 16 individuals - 13 men and three women - to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in two weeks. 15 individuals will compete in 16 events as Ricks (100 meters and 200 meters) is the lone Hokie to qualify in multiple individual events. The men also qualified the 4x100 meter relay to nationals as three members of that quartet - sophomore Darrell Wesh (100 meters), junior Jeff Artis-Gray (long jump) and Ricks - will also participate in individual events.

Saturday's action for Tech was highlighted by Hall and Black, who each finished first in their respective events, and Ricks, who reset his own school record in the 200 meters for the second time in as many days.

Eight Clemson Athletes, Two Relays Punch Tickets to Des Moines for NCAA Championships on Final Day in Jacksonville

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson qualified eight individuals and both women's relays for the outdoor national championship meet on Saturday, the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, FL. Over the three-day meet, Clemson had 13 different student-athletes qualify for NCAA Nationals in at least one event. Marlena Wesh stormed from third place in the final leg of the women's 4x400 relay to lead Clemson to victory and an NCAA bid to cap the meet for the Tigers.

Brittany Pringley got the Tigers off to a strong start in the 4x4, but Clemson fell behind after the second leg and was in third place when Wesh got the baton. She rolled off an incredible 50.78 split on the final leg to blow by Florida and take the third quarterfinal with a season-best time of 3:33.14. The other two legs belonged to Dezerea Bryant and Whitney Fountain.

Four out of five females advanced for Clemson in the high hurdles, including two-time indoor All-American Brianna Rollins and reigning ACC champion Bridgette Owens, who had the best time of the quarterfinals at 13.01. Rollins ran 13.04, Keni Harrison 13.06 and Monique Gracia posted a time of 13.29. Gracia and Harrison both qualified for NCAA nationals in multiple individual events.

Cavaliers Advance Most Student-Athletes to NCAAs Since 1983

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-For the first time since 1983, the Virginia track and field team have qualified 11 student-athletes for the NCAA Championships. Six Cavaliers advanced on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminaries at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday (May 26).

Senior Maureen Laffan (Toms River, N.J.) qualified in the women's hammer, while junior Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) moved on in the women's 1,500 meters. Juniors Brett Johnson (Ocean City, N.J.) and Patrick Todd (Highland Park, Texas) advanced in the men's 1,500. At night, freshmen Chelsea Ley (Woolwich Township, N.J.) and Kathleen Stevens (Roanoke, Va.) qualified in the women's 5,000 meters.

With the six today, the Cavaliers have qualified 11 for the national meet in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 6-9, joining seniors Vincenzo Chiariello (Staten Island, N.Y.), Marcus Robinson (Richmond, Va.), Lance Roller (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Catherine White (Roanoke, Va.) and junior Sean Keveren (Brentwood, Tenn.), who punched tickets earlier in the meet.

The number of student-athletes qualified, 11, is the most for Virginia since 1983, when they sent a school-record 12. The Cavaliers sent nine a year ago.

Barbas Breaks School Record to Qualify for NCAAs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In a matter of seconds, senior thrower Michael Barbas broke a 46 year old school record in the shot put, set a new personal best by 18 inches and qualified for the 2012 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Even though it took less than a minute for the Houston, Texas native to walk confidently into the ring and throw the record setting mark, it was a moment that was four years in the making.

In front of a large Duke cheering section that included his parents, teammates, coaches and fans, Barbas threw two personal records on his first three attempts in a meet that was potentially his last as a Blue Devil. His best mark of the day came on his third throw. When it was his turn to throw, the recent graduate confidently walked into the ring and earned a mark of 60-8 (18.49), an 18 inch personal record and good enough to break the school record that was set in 1966 by Rod Stewart.

Barbas' mark held up through the final round and was good enough for tenth place and more importantly, a slot at the championship meet in two weeks.

The seven Blue Devils that will be joining the senior include: sophomore Michelle Anumba (shot put), sophomore Curtis Beach (800 and long jump), junior Juliet Bottorff (10,000), sophomore Erica Brand (discus), senior Amy Fryt (pole vault), junior Andrea Hopkins (javelin) and senior Cydney Ross (800).

Seven Advance As Tar Heels Close Out NCAA Regionals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The men's 4x400 team of freshmen Sean Sutton, Javonte Lipsey, O'Neal Wanliss and junior Clayton Parros punched their ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday on the final day of the NCAA East Regional Championships. The relay squad and five previous qualifiers make for seven competitors in six events the Tar Heels will send to the national meet next month.

The relay finished 11th in a season-best time of 3:06.49 and will advance to the national meet with their top-12 finish. Parros (400) and Lipsey (400-meter hurdles) each qualified individually in addition to the relay, along with senior Tasha Stanley (women's 800), freshman Sandi Morris (women's pole vault), junior Chrishawn Williams (women's long jump).

The Tar Heels had seven others competing on Saturday. Senior Scott Houston finished 19th in the men's pole vault after clearing 17-3 1/2, and in the women's triple jump sophomore Tristine Johnson was 24th with a leap of 40-10 1/2. Junior Dylan Moore jumped 6-9 1/2 to finish in a tie for 38th in the men's high jump.

Hill Leads 4 More NCAA Championship Qualifiers for Wolfpack T&F

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four more NC State athletes, including All-American junior Ryan Hill, earned their way to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in two weeks by finishing in the top 12 on the final day of the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries at North Florida's Hodges Stadium. Hill, who broke his own school record in the 1,500 meters earlier this year, posted a time of 14:45.62 to finish just behind Indiana's Andrew Bayer.

Even with Hill's absence in the 5,000 meters, the Wolfpack will be represented, as seniors Bobby Moldovan and Sandy Roberts both qualified for the championship meet in the event. Moldovan was fifth overall with a time of 14:03.05 to earn his first trip to the outdoor championships.

Junior All-ACC jumper Kris Kornegay-Gober finished 11th in the men's high jump, earning his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships with the last of his three jumps at 7-feet, 2 1/4-inches. He and Hill both qualified for the indoor championships in March in Nampa, Idaho.

In all, the Wolfpack earned a total of nine entries for the outdoor championships, five men's entries and four women's.

Hill and Williams Advance to NCAA Championships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--All-American Devon Hill and sophomore Samantha Williams qualified for the NCAA Championships on the final day of the NCAA East Region Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday.

Williams recorded the school's third-best performance in the triple jump with a mark of 13.43 (w +2.9) (44' ¾").

Williams opened the competition with a leap of 12.53m and on her second turn, she hit the best mark of her career. Williams made one more jump and then passed on the remaining three turns.

Hill and Williams will join freshman Amber Monroe (discus) and sophomore Thandi Stewart (400mH) in the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 6-9, as they compete for national titles.

Hill Earns Trip to NCAA Track Finals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - - Maryland junior Jon Hill cleared 7-2.25 in the men's high jump to earn a trip the national final during competition on Saturday in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships being hosted by North Florida.

Hill matched the height he jumped to win the IC4A Outdoor Championship two weeks ago. He was one of 12 competitors over that height, with the top 12 earning a trip to the 24-athlete national final to be held at Drake University on June 6 through 9.

Ray and Hill will join senior Kiani Profit at the NCAA Nationals at Drake University in two weeks. The heptathlon was not contested in the East Preliminary round, with the top 12 on the performance list earning berths through to Des Moines. Profit will be seeded seventh in the event, to be hosted by Drake University.

Lincoln Earns Second Consecutive Trip to NCAA Championships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ben Lincoln advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships for the second consecutive year in the javelin throw with a strong performance in the East Regional at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday afternoon.

Lincoln, the school record holder in the event who hails from Hingham, Mass., logged a toss of 220-0 (67.06m) to finish in 10th place. Each of the top 12 finishers advanced to the Division I Championship which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m. CST.

The junior has established the school record for the Deacons on three separate occasions, twice besting his own mark. His first claim to the record came on April 1, 2011, at the Tiger Track Classic, when his throw of 230-11 (70.38m) toppled Thomas Sensing from the top of the Wake Forest charts.