RICHMOND, Va. (June 7, 2011) - A talented crop of CAA student-athletes is set to compete in the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held from June 8-11 at Drake University's Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Six individuals and a pair of relay squads comprise the field representing the conference at this year's championship.
George Mason junior David Verburg is one of two Patriots to qualify as an individual at this year's meet. Verburg is seeded 14th in the 400 meters after securing a seventh-place finish with a time of 46.13 in the National Quarterfinals at May's NCAA East Region meet in Bloomington, Ind. Verburg will be joined in Des Moines by classmate Lavell Handy, an automatic qualifier who turned in a fifth-place leap of 51.08 ¼ (15.75m) in the triple jump at the East Region Preliminary to earn the 14th seed in the National Finals.
Northeastern freshman Eric Jenkins clocked a 3:49.18 for an eight-place showing in the 1500 meters in Bloomington and will be seeded 23rd in the event's National Semifinal this week. William and Mary senior Jon Grey is seeded 24th in the National Final of the 10,000 meters after crossing the tape in 12th at the East Region meet with a time of 29:25.03.
The Patriots will field a pair of relay teams at this week's meet. After finishing 10th at last year's NCAA Championships, Mason's 4x400 meter relay squad of Verburg, sophomore George Empty and juniors Ja-Vell Bullard and Nick Vaughn recorded a sixth-place showing with a time of 3:06.06 at the East Region Preliminary and will look to better its finish from a year ago as the 10th seed in Des Moines. Bullard and Vaughn will be back in action in the 4x100 meter relay with classmate Rachaunn Ruffin and freshman Adrian Vaughn. The squad is seeded 17th in the event after combining for an 11th place showing with a time of 40.21 in May's National Quarterfinal.
On the women's side, Mason sophomore Mandissa Marshall will compete as the 13th seed in the pole vault after finishing in a five-way tie for first place with a leap of 13-1 ½ (4.00m) in the event's National Semifinal at the East Region meet.
Georgia State junior Angelia Nugent recorded a distance of 41-10 ¾ (12.77m) in the triple jump and will be seeded 17th in the National Final this week.
The NCAA Championships will be televised on CBS both Friday and Saturday. Friday's coverage runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (CST) on CBS Sports Network while Saturday's coverage will run from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on the CBS Network. The entire NCAA Championships will stream live and include two separate streams to cover the majority of both the track and field events. Live streaming, live results and other information about this year's championship can be found on the official Drake Athletics website, GoDrakeBulldogs.com.
CAA STUDENT-ATHLETE LINEUP AT 2011 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS (all times CST)
4x100 Relay (Mason): National Semifinal - Wednesday, June 8 at 5:45 p.m.
David Verburg (Mason): 400 meters National Semifinal - Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Eric Jenkins (NU): 1500 meters National Semifinal - Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.
4x400 Relay (Mason): National Semifinal - Thursday, June 9 at 8:20 p.m.
Jon Grey (W&M): 10,000 meters National Final - Thursday, June 9 at 8:50 p.m.
Mandissa Marshall (Mason): Pole Vault National Final - Friday, June 10 at 5:25 p.m.
Angelia Nugent (GSU): Triple Jump National Final - Friday, June 10 at 5:35 p.m.
Lavell Handy (Mason): Triple Jump National Final - Saturday, June 11 at 11:05 a.m.