#NCAATrack Preliminary Round ACCtion: May 26-28

May 29, 2011

BC's King Advances to 800m National Semifinal

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Caroline King won heat two of the NCAA 800-meter quarterfinal with the second fastest half mile in Boston College track and field history (2:04.79) and will represent Boston College at the NCAA Championship in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, June 8 at 6 p.m. (CT).

King earned the top seed heading into the quarterfinal - having run 2:06.32 - and drew a fifth lane staring position. The inner lanes went out fast and forced King to fight through the pack to get position on the first straightaway.

The ACC Champion took control at 200 meters and guided the field into the bell lap at a minute and change, while being chased by North Carolina's Tasha Stanley. The Tar Heel overtook King as the bend ended and the Eagle maintained position on her shoulder at the 600-meter mark. The Scotia, N.Y. native made her move and battled Stanley down the final straightaway to record the victory in a personal record of 2:04.79.

Clemson Qualifies Three Relays, Four Individuals For NCAA Championships on Final Day of East Preliminary Round

BLOOMINGTON, IN - Clemson qualified three of its four relays, as well as four additional athletes in individual events, for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Indiana's Robert C. Haugh Complex. Justin Murdock qualified in the men's 200 dash, while Spencer Adams, Michaylin Golladay and Bridgette Owens all earned berths to nationals in the high hurdles.

In total, Clemson has qualified 17 athletes in individual events and three relays for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA. Murdock led all Clemson athletes by qualifying in a total of four events, two individually and two with relay teams. April Sinkler was the only Tiger to qualify in three separate individual events.

"We were resilient this weekend," said Lawrence Johnson, Clemson's Director of Track & Field. "We didn't have some of our key athletes, but the other kids were tough and took care of business. One or two athletes don't define who we are at Clemson. It's a total team effort every time. At the end of the day, the men's 4x4 really put an exclamation point on the weekend. To take this many athletes to the national championship meet, despite some of our absences, says a lot about the quality of our program."

Duke's Van Buskirk Advances to NCAA Championships on Final Day of Preliminary Round

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Eight Blue Devils competed at the final day of the NCAA First Round for the chance to travel to Des Moines, Iowa and compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Rookie Erica Brand started the day off in the women's discus throw. Her opening toss of 141'6" failed to advance her to the finals and concluded her freshman career. On the men's side, Austin Gamble and Mike Schallmo stepped into the discus ring. Gamble threw 166'9" with Schallmo putting out a 157'1" effort, however neither were able to break into the top 12 to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.

Moving to the track, fifth year senior Kate Van Buskirk and junior Esther Vermeer took to 1,500 after qualifying for today's race on Thursday. Van Buskirk's time of 4:27.41 placed her eighth overall and will send her to Des Moines in two weeks. Veermer failed to qualify when she took 23rd with a time of 4:35.19.

Florida State Completes East Regionals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The opening round of the NCAA Track & Field Championships came to a close Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind. with Florida State qualifying seven more for the final site in Des Moines, Iowa.

With Saturday's outcome, FSU managed to qualify a grand total of 19 over the course of the three days on Indiana's campus; 13 for the men and six for the women.

"We had a really good day today," FSU head coach Bob Braman said. "We put ourselves in a very good position on the men's side and the women are still in contention for an overall top-10 finish."

The women kicked off the final day with a bang, taking fourth place in the 4x100m relay with a final-site qualifying time of 44.25. Featured in that race were Marecia Pemberton, Stephanie Simpson, Brittany St. Louis and Amy Harris, who replaced Teona Rodgers.

Following their female counterparts' lead, the Seminole men edged out Florida and took the overall top time in the 4x100m relay. Maurice Mitchell, Kemar Hyman, Ngoni Makusha and Paul Madzivire combined to post a 39.17 national-qualifying time.

FSU then earned its second women's-event qualifier of the day as Hannah Brooks pushed her way to a 4:17.21 in the 1500m run to take second place in the second of two heats.

Georgia Tech's McKee, Njoku Qualify for Nationals on Day Two of East Regionals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On day two of the NCAA East Regionals at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on the campus of Indiana University, freshman Julienne McKee and senior Leslie Njoku earned a spot in the NCAA Championship in the triple jump and 400 meter hurdles respectively, joining teammate Joanna Wright.

McKee, after falling just shy in the long jump, Thursday, took the 12th and final spot in the triple jump qualifying round with a leap of 12.56 meters. The freshman will make her first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a Yellow Jacket.

Njoku will also be making her first appearance at the national meet after finishing 10th in the 400 meter hurdles quarterfinals with a career best time of 57.38 seconds. Her senior counterpart, Antonio McKay was not as lucky in the 400 meter dash as he took 23rd in the quarterfinal round with a time of 47.78 in his final race as a Yellow Jacket.

Maryland's Batts Posts Career Best at NCAA Prelims

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Maryland senior Kristen Batts went more than a foot past her previous career-best to finish 18th in the women's discus in Saturday's final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary Rounds being hosted by Indiana University.

Batts had a mark of 162 feet, 6 inches in the competition, well past her previous career best of 161-5 set at the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The Maryland senior came into the East Prelims seeded 34th in the event, which she won at the 2011 ACC Outdoor.

She needed to finish in the top 12 at the prelims to earn a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Nationals, but 12th place went to Valerie Wert of Akron, who had a best throw of 166-9. Tennessee junior Annie Alexander won the discus at 192-2.

Batts throw on Saturday improved her third-place mark on Maryland's all-time list in the discus.

Hill Smashes Record as Miami Trio Advances to NCAA Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - University of Miami junior hurdler Devon Hill set a new record in the 110m hurdles as three Hurricanes advanced to the NCAA National Championships in the third and final day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex on Saturday.

"I am extremely proud of the hurdlers," said Director of Track and Field Amy Deem. "They stepped up and competed hard this weekend to advance to the NCAA National Championship's final rounds."

Hill punched his ticket to the championships as he won the first of three quarterfinal heats by crossing the finish line in 13.54 seconds - 0.11 seconds better than the previous school record held by Cory Nelms. In fact, the time was the fastest in the East Preliminary Rounds and is currently the 11th-fastest among collegiate hurdlers this year.

"Devon not only had the fastest qualifying time, but he broke the school record in the process," added Deem. "He is getting better with every race."

Both Brown and Jameson were in the third and final national quarterfinal heat. To advance they had to finish in the top 3 or be among the next three fastest times. Brown was third in the heat at 13.05 seconds. Jameson finished fifth at 13.28 seconds but earned the 12th and final spot with the effort, which was the best of the senior's career.

UNC's Schaaf Rebounds to Qualify on Final Day of NCAA Regionals

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- The Carolina track and field team added two more qualifications Saturday on the final day of the NCAA East Regional Championships at the University of Indiana. Sophomore Kendra Schaaf will advance in the women's 5,000 and the women's 4x400 team also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships next month at Drake University.

On Friday, Schaaf was in the lead pack in the finals of the 10,000 but was elbowed and knocked to the ground, pushing her out of a qualifying spot as she finished 14th. At this level of national competition, the country is split into two regions- East and West. To advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, athletes must finish in the top 12 in their event at Regionals. Today, Schaaf rebounded from an unfortunate finish in the 10,000 to take second in the 5,000 in 16:15.37 and reclaim an entry at nationals.

The 4x400 team of junior Elizabeth Mott, senior LaToya James, and juniors Tasha Stanley and Zoey Russell also qualified after taking fourth in a season-best time of 3:33.22. All four Tar Heels also qualified in individual events earlier in the meet.

NC State's Hill, Colley Advance to NCAA Finals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - NC State distance runners Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley will join three of their teammates at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which begin in two weeks in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hill, a sophomore All-America from Hickory, N.C., won his section of the 5,000-meter race at Saturday night's NCAA East Region Preliminary on Indiana's Haugh Track and Field Complex with a time of 14:06.99, while Colley, a redshirt freshman from Williamsburg, Va., finished seventh in his section with a time of 14:08.43.

They both finished in the top 12 overall, earning the right to advance to the national finals on June 8-11.

"Ryan was really on top of his game tonight in a race that had kind of a slow pace," said NC State head coach Rollie Geiger. "He is really good at finishing a race off, and he proved that tonight."

Nine Cavaliers Advance to NCAA Championships

Bloomington, Ind. - The Virginia track and field team qualified four more Cavaliers for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Indiana University. In total, Virginia will send nine Cavaliers to this year's NCAA Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Events are scheduled to run Wednesday through Saturday, June 8-11.

Senior Adams Abdulrazaaq (110mH), junior Morgane Gay (1500m), junior Erin Wykoff (discus) and sophomore Brett Johnson (1500M) all advanced today and will join seniors Stephanie Garcia (steeplechase), Lyndsay Harper (800m) and Ayla Smith (400mH), junior Andy Fahringer (javelin) and sophomore Robby Andrews (800m) at the national meet.

Wykoff opened competition for the Cavaliers and qualified for her first-ever NCAA Championship by earning an eight-place finish in the discus. Her personal-best throw of 169' 4 moves her into sixth place on Virginia's all-time program records.

On the track, Gay got things started by running the fourth-best time in the 1500m. Her finish of 4:19.77 qualifies her for her second NCAA Outdoor Championship in the event.

Virginia Tech Qualifies 21 Total to NCAA Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Virginia Tech wrapped up a fine weekend at the NCAA East Regional in Bloomington, Ind., adding six more qualifiers to bring the grand total to 21 NCAA Championship qualifiers. There are 14 men's competitors in nine events and seven on the women's side, including one relay, in four events. Thirteen of the 21 total qualifiers are in field events, 11 men and two women, including multiple competitors in the men's hammer throw (3), pole vault (3) and triple jump (2).

The Hokies didn't waste any time Saturday, qualifying right away in the women's 400-meter relay. The team of Ebony Scott, Funmi Alabi, Zakiya Tyson and Ogechi Nwaneri just made the national cut, placing 12th overall with a time of 44.74. Michael Hammond met the mark one event later, moving forward with an impressive second-place finish in the men's 1,500 meters (3:48.33) but unfortunately could not repeat the result later in the 5,000 meters, placing out of qualifying contention in 15:28.02.

However, teammate Will Mulherin came through with a seventh-place finish in the event to earn his spot at the final meet with a time of 14:06.68. The women's 1,600-meter relay closed out the day but could not qualify, as Aunye Boone, Yvonne Amegashie, Alabi and Natalie Woodford finished in 3:40.11.

Wake Forest Wraps Up NCAA Preliminary

BLOOMINGTON, IND. - Wake Forest senior Marcus Dillon turned in a personal-best time of 8:55.50 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Regionals Friday evening at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex, but fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Dillon surpassed his previous personal-best mark of 8:58.02 set in April at the ACC Championships. He finished 16th overall, and only the top 12 finishers advanced to the NCAA Championships, which will be held June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dillon now moves into third-place all-time in the steeplechase on the Wake Forest charts, surpassing Tom Rae (8:57.70) and Jon Russell (8:56.89) in the process.

Junior Paul Loeser also competed in the steeplechase for the Deacs, finishing in a time of 9:14.18 to claim 38th place. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native turned in the best season of his career this year, finishing sixth in the steeplechase at the ACC Championships.