NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Wednesday, June 5

June 6, 2013

NC State's Shepherd, Thompson Earn All-America Honors

Senior jumper Karimah Shepherd and sophomore distance runner Joanna Thompson made NC State history and collected All-America awards on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon on Wednesday evening.

Shepherd, who also qualified for the finals of the women's triple jump at this year's championships, took flight in the long jump for the Wolfpack. A second-team All-American in the long and triple jumps during the indoor season, Shepherd soared 20' 8.00" (6.30m) into the sand pit on her second of six jumps to record the seventh-best mark and earn first-team All-America honors.

With the performance, the Chesapeake, Va., native became the first women's long jumper to earn first-team All-America recognition in program history.

Virginia Tech's Uhle, Vester Garner Second Team All-America Honors

EUGENE, Ore. - Day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships saw sophomores Chris Uhle and Annjulie Vester earn the first All-America honors of their young careers at historic Hayward Field.

Annjulie Vester opened up the championships for the Hokies and looked ready as she came up with what appeared to be some big throws during warm-ups. On her first throw, the reigning two-time ACC champion produced a throw of 201-5 (61.41m), coming up less than two feet shy of her personal best. After not moving up on her second attempt, the sophomore was passed as she was sitting in ninth place overall.

Knowing that she had to post a big PR on her last attempt to reach the finals, Vester went for it, but was unable to keep hammer from hitting the netting on the right side. She finished eighth in flight two and 13th overall to earn second-team All-America honors in her first appearance at the national meet.

Clemson's Harrison Wins Third Semifinal in 400 Hurdles, Leads 4x1 to National Final as Well

CLEMSON, SC - Clemson sophomore Keni Harrison won her semifinal in the 400 hurdles and ran leadoff leg for the Tigers' 4x100 relay that qualified for the national final on the opening day of action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR. In addition, Reggie Lewis from the Tiger men's team qualified for the 100 dash final on Wednesday.

Harrison was smooth from the beginning of her semifinal, advancing to her first final as an individual in four appearances at an NCAA Championships competition. She had the third-fastest time (56.35) Wednesday and will run the final at 7:30 PM ET on Friday. Harrison is the first Tiger female to advance to the national final in the 400 hurdles since Nikkie Bouyer in 1999.

Harris, Locke Lead Sprint Charge For Seminoles On Day 1

The Florida State track & field teams enjoyed some incredible early highs off-set by a few heart-wrenching lows late on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Oregon's historic Hayward Field.

Sprinters James Harris and Dentarius Locke advanced to the finals in the 400 and 100, respectively, with career-best marks. They also teamed with Alonzo Russell and Stefan Brits to secure a spot in the 4x100 relay finals with a season-best performance.

Duke's Beach, Ross Excel On Day One Of NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Personal records fall for redshirt junior Curtis Beach and redshirt senior Cydney Ross on day one of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 5 in Eugene, Ore. Beach finished day one in the men's decathlon in second place with a point total of 4,383, while Ross ran a personal record time of 2:03.62 in the women's 800 meters to automatically qualify for Friday's final.

Beach highlighted day one of the men's decathlon with four personal records and two first place finishes. He sits a mere six points behind leader Jeremy Taiwo from Washington and shattered his day one point total record, which he set at the 2013 Texas Relays earlier in the season, by over 150 points.

Georgia Tech's Lasater Competes At NCAA Outdoor Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Making his first ever NCAA Outdoor Championship appearance, Georgia Tech track and field sophomore Brandon Lasater competed in the 800 meters Wednesday night at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon's campus.

Lasater placed 22nd in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.27. He qualified for the event with a top-three finish in his heat in the preliminaries, followed by a 10th-place finish in the semifinals with a time of 1:48.49 at the NCAA East Preliminaries.

UNC's Parros Misses 400 Final At NCAAs

EUGENE, Ore. - Clayton Parros placed fifth in the second heat of the men's 400 meters at the NCAA National Championships on Wednesday evening with a time of 46.69 but will not advance to the final.

Parros placed 18th overall in the semifinal. The top two runners from each heat plus the next fastest two advance to the final from the semifinal.

Parros, a senior, advanced to four consecutive NCAA National Championships during his career at Carolina. He received his bachelor's degree in May and will be pursuing graduate school and a career in coaching in addition to his future on the track.

Virginia's Karin Competes On Day One Of NCAA Championships

EUGENE, Ore. - Virginia junior Abbey Karin competed in the javelin during the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday at Hayward Field. Karin placed 19th in the event as she made her NCAA Championships debut.

Karin threw 44.14m (144'10") on her first throw of the competition, but was not able to better that mark with her next two throws. She finished ninth in Flight 1 of the event, but did not advance to the finals.

"Today was not an indication of how good a year it was for Abbey," said head coach Bryan Fetzer. "Producing a huge PR of 52m and making it to NCAAs for the first time were big accomplishments. The progress she made this year will prepare her for a great final year in 2014."