INDIANAPOLIS – Twenty-one Columbia student-athletes have qualified for the 2012 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships East Preliminary Round held May 24-26 at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Lions had 13 men and eight women earn spots at the NCAAs. Live results and a live webcast will be provided on UNFOspreys.com. There are various three-day and single-day ticket options for fans attending that can be found here. For more information on the NCAA East Preliminary Round, click here. The 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship finals will be held June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
“We are absolutely thrilled at the number of individuals who have advanced to the first round of the NCAA Championships,” Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Willy Wood said. “We have trained all year long with this outcome in mind and are confident that our athletes are entering this meet more prepared than any other competition to date. We have extremely high aspirations for next weekend and hope to advance numerous athletes to Des Moines.”
Below is a list of the Columbia student-athletes who will compete at next weekend’s NCAA East Preliminary Round with their qualifying marks and where those marks ranked in the East region.
THE COLUMBIA MEN
800m – Harry McFann (1:49.27, 25th), Connor Claflin (1:49.41, 28th), Brendon Fish (1:49.80, 37th)
1,500m – Kyle Merber (3:42.49, 10th), Daniel Everett (3:43.80, 17th), Adam Behnke (3:44.74, 26th), Mark Feigen (3:45.01, 30th), Byron Jones (3:45.94, 47th)
3,000m Steeplechase – John Gregorek (8:53.29, 15th), Ben Veilleux (9:01.00, 37th)
10,000m – Mike Murphy (29:26.68, 18th), Nico Composto (29:42.77, 34th), Gary Brownell (29:54.00, 46th)
THE COLUMBIA WOMEN
400m Hurdles – Kyra Caldwell (59.64, 34th)
800m – Madeline Rathbun (2:07.79, 39th)
1,500m – Erin Gillingham (4:22.23, 33rd)
3,000m Steeplechase – Mallory Anderson (10:28.03, 37th)
5,000m – Clare Buck (16:37.30, 45th)
10,000m – Emily Lanois (33:53.06, 11th)
Triple Jump – Nadia Eke (12.81m, 20th), Queen Okeke (12.60m, 42nd)