Verburg, Marshall Qualify for NCAA Championships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 25, 2012) - Five CAA standouts advanced in the 2012 NCAA Track and Field East Region meet on Friday at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. George Mason paced the league, with two individuals qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
George Mason junior David Verburg continued his torrid pace this season, clocking the best time (45.08) in the 400 meters to advance to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, taking place June 6-9. The mark is just .02 shy Verburg's top performance of the season, set at the CAA Championships earlier this month. Patriots' teammate Adrian Vaughn advanced to the quarterfinals of the 200 meters, finishing second in his heat with a time of 20.82. It was the sophomore's season-best time in the 200 meters.
On the women's side, George Mason junior Mandissa Marshall tied for first in the pole vault with a height of 4.10m. Marshall advances to the NCAA finals, sharing the regional title with North Carolina's Sandi Morris. CAA Most Outstanding Track Performer Tamara Moore of Georgia State advanced to the quarterfinals of the 100 meter hurdles, running in 13.52 to place seventh in her heat. Also advancing the same event was Delaware sophomore Latoya James, finishing fourth in her heat in 13.50, a new Delaware school record in the event. Moore and James will look to advance to the NCAA Championships on Saturday.
The East Region preliminaries continue on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with the men's pole vault. Tomorrow's track events begin at 6:00 p.m. with the running of the men's quarterfinals of the 4x100 meter relay.