NCAA Track & Field Regional ACCtion: Friday, May 30
May 31, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Travis Padgett and C.J. Spiller qualified for the finals in both the 100m and 200m dashes Friday to highlight Clemson's track & field efforts on the first day at the NCAA East Region Championships. The Tigers do not have any points entering the final day of competition, but Clemson only competed in one scored final Friday. Clemson will compete in seven scored events Saturday.
All three Tiger entries in the 100m dash qualified for Saturday's final, which will be at 5:10 PM. Travis Padgett was Friday's top performer in the prelims with a time of 10.13. He won the event at the 2006 meet. Jacoby Ford and C.J. Spiller turned in personal best times in the event Friday at 10.21 and 10.29, respectively. It was only Ford's second individual competition this season, as he has recovered from an ankle injury stemming from the 2007 football season. All three impressive times were posted despite a -1.1 headwind.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Clemson senior Polly Hardy was the women's track & field team's top performer on day one at the NCAA East Region Championships. The meet is being held at Mike Long Track on the campus of Florida State University.
Hardy did an outstanding job Friday in the 100m hurdle prelims and will have a chance Saturday to advance to her first-ever NCAA national meet. The Anderson, SC native recorded a personal best time of 13.44, which ties her for second place in Clemson history with Kyana Elder (2001). Hardy was third in her section, but was fifth-fastest overall. She will need to finish in the top five Saturday to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA meet.
Caroline Kennedy competed in the pole vault and finished in a tie for 17th place. She had a clearance of 12'0". Kennedy had qualified in the event for the second straight season. Linda Buchholz had a strong performance in the javelin throw, finishing 11th out of 31 competitors. The sophomore from Bad Segeberg, Germany had a season-best throw of 149'4". Bethanie Wachna (135'5") was 20th for the Lady Tigers in the javelin.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Duke Track and Field team began competition in the NCAA East Regional at Mike Long Track on Friday. The men finished the day tied for 13th place with six points on the strength of redshirt freshman John Austin's performance in the javelin, while the women saw junior Molly Lehman make the Saturday finals in the 1,500m.
Austin re-set his own Duke record on Friday night when he tossed the javelin 225'-5" in Tallahassee. That placed him third and automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships from June 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa. Austin has now finished in the top three in all eights meets this year, which includes three first-place finishes.
Lehman tied for the sixth-fastest time in the 1,500m preliminaries on Friday afternoon at Florida State with a clocking of 4:22.01. That shattered her personal best in the event by over two seconds and is the second-best time ever in the Duke records. Lehman will run in the 1,500m finals on Saturday at 4:20 p.m. If she finishes in the top five, she will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In front one of the largest home crowds in school history, Florida State track and field blasted off to an excellent start in day one of the NCAA East Regional Championships. The Seminoles moved seven runners into tomorrow's finals along with the 4x100m relay team. Competition continues through Saturday, May 31.
"Great race, collegiate best for both of them. They looked like they could do better, though. I think they both could make the top five. That would be a nice plus for us to find a point or two that maybe wasn't on the books."
Just seven weeks after pulling his hamstring in the same event on the same track, senior All-American Walter Dix posted the third-fastest time in the 100m prelims to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Dix, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion in the 100m, will compete for a trip to Iowa on Saturday alongside teammate Michael Ray Garvin who crossed the line in fourth with a time of 10.22.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Sophomore Steve Marcelle finished third in the men's shot put to lead the Georgia Tech men's and women's track & field teams on the first day of the NCAA East Region Championships at the Mike Long Track on the Florida State University campus.
Marcelle placed third in the men's shot put with a mark of 61 feet to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships field in Des Moines, Iowa. Junior teammate Andy Powlen finished fourth with a personal-best mark of 60 feet, 8 ½ inches to also qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Senior Shantia Moss finished first in her heat and had the third-best time overall (13.07) in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Moss will compete in the final at 4:45 p.m. Saturday. In the men's 400-meter hurdles, junior Mario Johnson placed 15th in the prelims with a time of 52.07.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Jillian Anwah finished sixth in the discus during the first day of competition at the NCAA East Regional Championships hosted by Florida State University yesterday.
The senior posted a mark of 49.77 meters in the event.
On the men's side, senior Dominic Berger qualified for the event finals in the 110-meter hurdles by finishing in seventh place with a time of 13.72. He will compete in today's final at 4:55 p.m.
Also for the Terrapins, David Edwards-Brennan finished tenth in the high jump with a mark of 2.06 meters.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 24th-ranked University of Miami women's track and field team saw three student-athletes and the 4x100 relay move one step closer to East Regional Championships, as Krista Simkins, Ti'erra Brown and Takecia Jameson advanced to tomorrow's finals, with impressive preliminary runs at Mike Long Track on the campus of Florida State University.
The four-time All-American, Simkins, won her preliminary heat in the 400-meters, guaranteeing herself a trip to the final heat, which will be run tomorrow at 5:15 p.m. Her time of 53.11 was her second-best of the season and fourth-fastest of the preliminary heats. Tameka Jameson's time of 54.74 was good for an 18th-place finish.
"I am extremely pleased with how Krista performed today, especially after not running in a while," said head coach Amy Deem.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The North Carolina track and field teams opened the East Regional on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla. with a pair of second place finishes as Donte Nall placed second in the high jump and Joceyln White finished second in the discus. Junior Brie Felnagle earned a pair of qualifying on times on Friday along with several other Tar Heels. The East Regional concludes on Saturday.
Donte Nall opened the first day of the East Regional with a stellar performance in the high jump as he cleared 7-2.5 to earn eight points and a second place finish. Nall's top leap came on his final attempt at 7-2.5 while Princeton's Justin Frick cleared the height on his first attempt to claim the regional title. The mark equals the best of Nall's career as he eclipsed 7-2.5 twice earlier in the year.
Senior Jocelyn White delivered eight points on the women's side as she earned second place in the discus throw with a toss of 170-11. White's throw was less than five feet shy of first place. Freshman Mary Angell placed 20th in the event with a top throw of 146-03. Fellow thrower, Ian Reynolds, finished 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 51-11.00.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - NC State's Dexter Adams finished second in the long jump at the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday to advance to the NCAA Championships. Adams jumped 25'05.25", his third-best mark of the season. It is Adam's third trip overall to nationals, and the second-time he has made the outdoor NCAA meet.
Adams could be joined by a few more of his teammates as the regional meet concludes on Saturday and the at-large draw is announced early next week.
Among those hopefuls will be Jason Jones (sixth in shot put at regionals), Stephen Furst (10th in 5,000m), Kevin Hutton (10th in 400 hurdles) and A'Tolani Akinkuotu (9th in 100m).
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - NC State jump specialist DeMiracle Washington advanced to the NCAA Championships with a fifth place finish at the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday. Washington jumped a 19'11.50", her third longest mark of the season.
Washington, who is making her first trip to the NCAA Championships with her strong performance in the long jump, will also compete in the triple jump on Saturday at the regional championships.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Senior All-American Billie-Jo Grant became just the second Cavalier to ever win an event at the NCAA East Regional Championships Friday afternoon, taking first-place in the discus and securing a place in the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Grant led all competitors with a throw of 53.49m to join Inge Jorgensen - who won the javelin in 2004 and 2005 - as the only Cavaliers to ever win a regional title. With the top-finish, Grant will automatically advance to the national meet in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 11-14.
Junior Andrew Jesien ran a 3:48.32 in the 1500m, which was fast enough to qualify him for tomorrow's finals where he will attempt to secure a spot at the national meet, as well. Automatic qualification to the national championships is awarded to the top five finishers from each of the regional championships and the top three relay teams in each region.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Three members of the Virginia Tech track & field team qualified for the national meet by winning their respective events Friday at the NCAA East Regional Championships on Florida State's Mike Long Track in Tallahassee, Fla. The two-day event will determine the field for the NCAA Championships.
The sixth-ranked women's team started the defense of it regional championship by scoring 28 points during the first day of the meet to tie for the lead in the team standings with Penn State. After day one of last season's meet, the women's team was fifth with 10 points before surging to the title. The No. 42 men's team is currently tied for eighth with 10 points.
"We had a very good day today," Director of Track & Field Dave Cianelli said. "We almost had everyone qualify [for tomorrow's finals] who we expected. It wasn't perfect, but we were still very solid."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After the first day of competition at the NCAA Regionals, Michelle Loyd will continue on in action, placing eighth in the preliminaries with a 58.97 finish in the 400m hurdles.
Carly Mauch placed 24th in the javelin throw, hitting a 130-08 mark.
In women's hurdles, Caroline Vaughn was eliminated from competition the 100m preliminaries with a false start. Alex Gove's 1:01.96 performance ranked 27th in the field.
Anna Nosenko placed 13th in the 5000m finals with a 16:52.29 run.
Wake's lone female sprinter, Nicole Castronuova, posted a 24.60 performance in the 200m dash that was good for 24th place.
Phillip Warsaw finished 33rd in the 400m hurdles, clocking a time of 57.07.
In men's sprints, Kerry Major finished 27th in the 100m dash with a 10.80 run while Jon Reid ran a 48.03 in the 400m dash, finishing in 29th place.