NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Wednesday, June 6

June 6, 2012

Solid Seminole Start

DES MOINES, Iowa - Rarely do NCAA Championship Track & Field meets follow the script, and the opening day of the 2012 meet at Drake's Jim Duncan track was no exception for Bob Braman's Florida State team.

The Seminole men failed to capitalize on any of the wildcard scoring opportunities Braman hoped would further bolster his team's championship hopes. At the same time, the `Noles didn't give away any major points, either.

Florida State's sprinters held up their end of the bargain in both the 4x100 and 100-meter semifinal rounds. With four opportunities to move on to the finals, the `Noles capitalized on three.

Fraser's Olympic "A" Standard Highlights Day One at NCAA Outdoor Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Clemson Junior Warren Fraser qualified for the Olympic Games with an "A" standard time of 10.18 in the first semifinal of the 100-meter dash on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The women's team qualified two athletes for finals, as well as the 4x100-meter relay, at Drake Stadium.

Fraser finished 13th overall and while he did not advance to Friday's final, he was thrilled with the news that he will be making his first trip to the Olympics to represent his country in August.

The women's 4x100-meter relay got the day off to a good start with a school record (43.43) in the opening semifinal. Clemson was second to LSU and fourth-best overall. The final is set for Saturday at 11:10 AM Central time. For the second time this season, the Tigers utilized the lineup of Stormy Kendrick, Marlena Wesh, Dezerea Bryant and Jasmine Edgerson.

Williams Earns Second Team All-America Honors in Men's Discus

DES MOINES, Iowa - NC State discus throwers Nathaniel Williams, Tremanisha Taylor and Brittany Hampton competed on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday and finished among the best in the nation.

Williams, a sophomore from Newport, N.C., earned second-team All-America honors with his 13th place finish in the men's discus. His top throw of 181-feet, 6-inches came on his second of three chances.

Williams, who earned All-ACC honors earlier this year, was making his first appearance at the national meet.

Roberts Finishes 20th in 800m Run at NCAAs

DES MOINES, Iowa - Making his first ever NCAA Championship appearance, Georgia Tech men's track and field runner Shawn Roberts finished his junior season out with a 20th place finish in the semifinal round of the 800 meter run at Drake Stadium Wednesday night.

Roberts crossed the line in 1:49.83, fifth in his heat and 20th overall. He was the second fastest runner from the ACC behind Curtis Beach of Duke (1:48.70). The field was led by Erik Sowinski from Iowa with a time of 1:46.09.

Roberts' season is complete, however, Georgia Tech jumper Julienne McKee will begin her NCAA Championship competition Thursday afternoon in the long jump.

Wesh Qualifies for 100m Final on Day One of NCAA Championship

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sophomore Darrell Wesh reset his own school record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.15 seconds en route to qualifying for the final and ran on the school record setting and 13th place 4x100 meter relay team (39.62) as the Virginia Tech track & field team opened up competition Wednesday on day one of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake Stadium.

Wesh won heat one of the semifinals of the 100 meters to automatically claim a spot in Friday's final. It marked the second straight meet Wesh ran a personal best and school record time in the event as he also clocked 10.18 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round two weeks ago in Jacksonville.

Also in the 100 meters, senior Keith Ricks was sixth in the first heat and 19th overall in 10.27.

Another BC Record for King, 800m Final Spot Clinched

DES MOINES, Iowa - Caroline King progressed her own school record in the half mile to 2:03.03 and qualified for the NCAA Championship run on Wednesday evening at Drake Stadium. The Scotia, N.Y. native advanced on time and will compete in the national title run on Friday at 7:20 p.m.

The BC captain got out strong and took second at the break. Riding Nachelle Mackie's shoulder, King went into the bell lap at 59-and-change as the rest of the field gave chase. Mackie picked up the tempo on the final backstretch, but the Eagles closed ground and heading into the final bend. King looked to earn the auto-bid with a win in the heat, but Mackie stayed strong to the line and Oregon's Anne Kesselring snuck up on the inside to bump the Maroon and Gold to third in the heat.

King's heat produced five of the top seven times in the semifinal round and advanced four athletes to Friday's final: Mackie (2:02.58), Kesselring (2:02.66), King (2:03.03) and Cincinnati's Kathy Klump (2:03.55). Stanford's Justine Fedronic ran a 2:03.54, the seventh fastest mark, but only the top two finishers from each heat, plus the next two best times move on.

Beach and Fryt Earn Honors on Day One of NCAAs

DES MOINES, Iowa - Duke earned three second team All-America honors on day one of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Sophomore Curtis Beach finished the day with two All-America honor finishes; one in the long jump and one in the 800 meters. Later, senior Amy Fryt ended her Duke career strong by also being named to the All-America team.

Beach finished the day with a 15th place finish in the long jump by leaping 24-4.25 (7.42) and immediately after, he raced to a 16th place finish in the 800 where he finished third in his heat with a time of 1:48.7. With the accolades, the Albuquerque, N.M., native is the first Blue Devil to earn All-America honors in four different events: long jump, 800, indoor heptathlon (2012) and decathlon (2011).

In the pole vault, Fryt cleared 13-7.25 (4.15), five centimeters off of her lifetime best, to finish in a tie for fifteenth and earn the prestigious honor.

Cavaliers Complete First Day of NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Virginia track and field team completed the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday (June 6).

In the men's 800 meters semifinal, senior Lance Roller (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) placed fourth in his heat and 10th overall in a season-best time of 1:47.07. The 2012 ACC Champion's time held up through the second heat to qualify, but in the third heat, the top six runners all ran under Roller's time.

Junior Sean Keveren (Brentwood, Tenn.) placed 18th in the men's 10,000 meters final in a time of 30:15.40. Keveren made his first NCAA track appearance.

Morris Earns All-America Honors at NCAAs Day 1

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sophomore Sandi Morris earned second-team All-America honors for the third time in her career to lead UNC on the first day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Tar Heels competed in four events on the opening day of the national meet, with two more semi-final events for the team on the schedule for Friday.

Morris finished 11th in the women's pole vault, the same placing she took to earn second-team All-America honors at the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. The sophomore cleared 13-7 1/4 to receive the All-America distinction for the third time.

Also competing Thursday was senior Tasha Stanley, who took 17th in the women's 800 in 2:05.85, and junior Clayton Parros was 23rd in the men's 400 with a time of 47.08. Freshman Javonte Lipsey, who entered the meet with the No. 2 freshman time in the NCAA this season, finished 17th in 51.57.

Thandi Stewart Advances to 400 Meter Finals at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Sophomore Thandi Stewart from the University of Miami notched a personal-best time of 56.62 in the 400 meter hurdles on Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships to advance to the finals in her first appearance on the national stage. Freshman Amber Monroe also represented the Canes, marking a throw of 48.82 in the discus throw.

Stewart, who qualified for the Championships with a time of 56.85 at the NCAA East Region Preliminary, continued her impressive season with a second place finish in the third heat of the night. The sophomore will vie for All-America status on Friday, against seven other top competitors from the night.

Monroe also competed at the NCAA meet for the first time with the 48.82 in her first attempt in the discus throw. The freshman set her personal best (51.45) at the Penn Relays on April 26 to take first place at the prestigious event.