Seven Eagles Fly South for NCAA T&F East Regional
May 24, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Seven Boston College track and field members qualified for the NCAA East Regional hosted by the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. from Thursday, May 24 to Saturday, May 26. A webcast and live results are being provided by UNF.
Caroline King opens the meet for the Eagles in the 800-meter sprint. The first of six sections is slated for 8:35 p.m. on Thursday. One of three ACC competitors to earn the top seed in their section, the Scotia, N.Y. native brings the fastest qualifying time to heat four. The school record time of 2:03.21 King used to win the ECAC Championship on May 13 is the third best time in the East Region. The top three in each section, as well as the nine next fastest times, advance to Friday’s national quarterfinal at 7:15 p.m.
Kelsey Huckins will compete in the second flight of the discus on Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m. Huckins will make her first appearance in the national semifinal after progressing her own school record to 49.29 meters (161-8.0 ft.) at the Brown Invitational on April 30. The thrower from Westmoreland, N.H. earned the silver medal at the ECAC Championship on May 12 with a mark of 48.51 meters (159-2.0 ft.). The top 16 distance advance to a three-attempt final, which will move the top 12 distances on to the championship round.
Jordan Hamm will represent the men’s side in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday at 8 p.m. The rising senior is the first regional qualifier for the men since current assistant coach Tim Ritchie competed in the 5,000-meter run as a senior in 2009. Hamm’s qualifying time of 9:03.51 was registered at the ACC Championship in late April and is the fifth fastest in school history. The product of Java Center, N.Y. won the steeplechase at the New England Championship in his last race. The top three in each section, in addition to the next three fastest times, advance to the national semifinal.
The women’s steeplechase featuring Jillian King, Bridget Dahlberg and Morgan Mueller goes off on Friday at 9:30 p.m. Dahlberg will run in heat two, while King and Mueller are pitted in section three. Dahlberg (10:18.32) and King (10:14.59) qualified for the quarterfinal at the ACC Championship, while Mueller got the nod after earning a bronze medal in 10:33.19 at the ECAC Championship. The top three in each section, in addition to the next three fastest times, advance to the national semifinal.
On Saturday, Hope Krause will make BC’s final appearance of the meet in the 5,000-meter run at 8:45 p.m. Krause qualified for the event at the Stanford Invitational, running a 16:37.10. The New Canaan, Conn. native contests the first section. The top five in each heat, plus the next two fastest times, advance to the national championship.
Student-athletes advancing in their respective events will compete at the Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa from June 6-9. Championship Central