CAA Track & Field Student-Athletes Set for NCAA East Regional
RICHMOND, Va. (May 22, 2013) – 35 CAA track & field student athletes and two relay teams are set to compete at this weekend’s NCAA East Preliminary Round on the campus of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. 17 individuals and one relay squad will be competing in the men’s regional while 18 individuals and one relay team will be competing on the women’s side.
The event kicks-off Thursday morning and will conclude Saturday evening. The NCAA Preliminary rounds work as an elimination format for track and field, with student-athletes having to advance out of the preliminaries and quarterfinal rounds in order to advance to the semifinals and finals at the NCAA Championship Finals.
The nation is split into an East and West Region, with the top 48 student-athletes per event and the top 24 relays over the course of the season per region advancing to the Preliminary Rounds. At the NCAA Preliminaries, the top 12 student-athletes per event and top 12 relays per region after the preliminary round will earn a qualification to the NCAA Championship Finals at the University of Oregon June 5-8.
2013 CAA Men’s Track & Field Champions, William & Mary, will send a league-high seven individuals to compete at the Men’s East Regional while George Mason will send four individuals and one relay team. Northeastern and UNCW will each send three individuals.
The Tribe will be represented in the 5,000 meters by Junior Rad Gunzenhauser and eleventh-seeded senior Alex McGrath. Junior Josh Hardin will enter the 10,000m as the 18th seed after capturing the gold medal in the event at the CAA Championship. Freshman Bob Smutsky will enter his first NCAA Championship and will represent the Tribe in the javelin throw.
2012 All-American David Verburg of George Mason will look to again qualify for the NCAA Championship Finals in the 400m after receiving the second seed this season and finishing fourth in the event last season. Mason’s 4x400m relay squad of Angel Coburn, DaQuan Smalls, Adrian Vaughn and Verburg will look to qualify for the NCAA Finals after last year’s squad received first team All-American status with a seventh place finish.
Northeastern will send three individuals to the East Regional including junior Eric Jenkins who enters as the top seed in the 5,000m. Junior Brian Doyle will be the only CAA student-athlete competing in multiple events at the regional as he will run in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events. UNCW participants include sophomore Cam Walton who is seeded 27th in the long jump and senior David Lindsey who is seeded 39th in the 100m hurdles.
On the women’s side, 2013 CAA Women’s Track and Field Champions, William & Mary, will send five representatives to the East Regional while George Mason will send a league-high seven individuals and one relay squad. James Madison and Delaware will each have two representatives while UNCW and Northeastern will each have one.
William & Mary freshman Emily Stites will enter the regional with the highest ranking of any of the leagues participants as the fifth seed in the 5,000m. Joining Stites in the 5,000m is her teammate and fellow freshman Meghan McGovern who took gold in the event at the CAA Championship. The Tribe will also have two participants in the 10,000m in sophomore Dylan Hassett and 2012 All-American Elaina Balouris.
George Mason freshman Shavon Briscoe enters the regional with the highest seed of any Patriot with the 17th seed in the 100m hurdles. The Patriots will also have two representatives in the 400m in 24th seeded senior Cierra McGee and 31st seeded junior Daianna Barron.
Also competing on the track for Mason is senior Taylor Wheaton who is seeded 24th in the 400m hurdles and sophomore Bethany Sachtleben who is seeded 25th in the 10,000m. The Patriots will also look to send their 4x400 squad back to the NCAA finals after the team of Barron, McGee, Wheaton and Dominique Graham received the fourth seed for the event.
JMU freshman Jenna Flickinger will be the CAA’s fourth reprehensive in the 10,000m while senior Katie Harman will compete in the 5,000m. Delaware junior Latoya James will hit the track in the 100m hurdles while teammate Amira Idris, the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Field performer, will compete in the triple jump. Graduate student Nia Howard will represent Northeastern in the long jump while junior Meena Reid will represent UNCW in the 100m.
CAA Student-Athletes Entries
200m - Adrian Vaughn, George Mason
400m - David Verburg, George Mason
1,500m - John Muller, William & Mary
5,000m - Brian Doyle, Northeastern
5,000m - Rad Gunzenhauser, William & Mary
5,000m - Eric Jenkins, Northeastern
5,000m - Alex McGrath, William & Mary
10,000m - Brian Doyle, Northeastern
10,000m - Josh Hardin, William & Mary
3,000 Steeplechase - Liam Anastasia-Murphy, William & Mary
110 hurdles - David Lindsay, UNCW
110 hurdles - Anthony Williams, George Mason
4x400m Relay - Angel Coburn, Adrian Vaughn, DaQuan Smalls and David Verburg, George Mason
Triple Jump - Aerial Chatman, George Mason
Triple Jump - Jimi Tele, George Mason
Long Jump - Cam Walton, UNCW
Hammer Throw - Max Midler, Northeastern
Javelin Throw - Bob Smutsky, William & Mary
Pole Vault - Austin Vegas, William & Mary
100m - Meena Reid, UNCW
200m - Aneesha Scott, George Mason
400m - Daianna Barron, George Mason
400m - Cierra McGee, George Mason
5,000 - Katie Harman, James Madison
5,000m - Meghan McGovern, William & Mary
5,000m - Emily Stites, William & Mary
10,000m - Elaina Balouris, William & Mary
10,000m - Jenna Flickinger, James Madsion
10,000m - Dylan Hassett, William & Mary
10,000m - Bethany Sachtleben, George Mason
4x400m Relay - Daianna Barron, Cierra McGee, Taylor Wheaton and Dominique Graham, George Mason
100m Hurdles - Latoya James, Delaware
100m Hurdles - Shavon Briscoe, George Mason
400m Hurdles - Taylor Wheaton, George Mason
Triple Jump - Amira Idris, Delaware
Long Jump - Nia Howard, Northeastern
Javelin - Katie Johnston, William & Mary
Pole Vault - Jasmine Moser, George Mason