NCAA Track & Field Championship Preview
The CAA will have 11 participants competing at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held June 5-8 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The championship will be televised by ESPNU and will also be streamed live on ESPN3.
On the men’s side, George Mason senior David Verburg will run in the semifinals of the 400 meters at 8:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 5. The finals in the event are set for Friday, June 7 at 9:05 p.m. This is Verburg’s third appearance in the 400 meters at the NCAA Championship. Last year he earned first-team All-America status after placing fourth in a time of 45.22.
Verburg will also compete in the 4X400 relay with Mason teammates Angel Coburn, Adrian Vaughn and DaQuann Smalls. They will race in the semifinals at 9:40 EST on Thursday, June 6 and will hope to qualify for the finals on Saturday, June 8 at 6:50 p.m.
Also on Saturday, June 8, Northeastern junior Eric Jenkins will race in the 5,000 meters at 8:15 p.m. EST. He posted a school-record time of 13:18.57 in the event at the Stanford Invitational, which was the second-fastest collegiate time in the nation this season.
In the women’s competition, William & Mary junior Elaina Balouris competes in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA’s for the second year in a row at 10:10 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 5. She posted a school-record time of 33:43.27 at the NCAA East Regionals two weeks ago. Last year, Balouris received honorable mention All-America accolades after a 19th-place finish in the 10,000 with a time of 34:41.97.
On Thursday, June 6 at 9:20 p.m., the George Mason 4X400 relay team of Daianna Barron, Cierra McGee, Taylor Wheaton and Dominique Graham will race in the semifinals. Should they advance, the finals will be held at 6:43 p.m. on Saturday.
William & Mary freshman Emily Stites will race in the 5,000 meters at 9:15 p.m. EST on Friday, June 7. Stites recorded a time of 16:12.82, which was the 7th-fastest in Tribe history, at the NCAA East Regionals to advance to the national championship. She is one of just seven freshmen women in the entire NCAA to advance in any race 800m-10,000m, and will be seeded ninth in the championship finals.