Caroline King Takes Line for NCAA 800m Semifinal
June 4, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - In a quest to claim a national title and an All-America honor that eluded the Scotia, N.Y. native a year ago, Caroline King returns to the NCAA 800-meter semifinal on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. The first two finishers in each of the three heats, plus the next two fastest times, qualify to compete in the national championship on Friday at 6:20 p.m.
King advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championship hosted by Drake University with a pair of strong showings in the half mile at the East Regional meet at UNF from May 24-26. The BC graduate won section four of the preliminary round in 2:05.75, before taking second in heat one of the national quarterfinal with a 2:04.51 clip.
All but one athlete in the field of seven that King will compete against posted a faster time than the mark that advanced them to Des Moines, Iowa. The ECAC Champion's school record time of 2:03.21 was the fourth fastest in the country this year. Outside of Nachelle Mackie's national leading 2:01.11 half mile, the next best mark among the second preliminary contestants came from Kathy Klump of Cincinnati (2:04.70).
King is seeking her first outdoor All-America accolade. The five-time track and field All-ACC honoree missed the All-American trifecta in 2011. Last year, King was held among the nation's best in cross country and the mile, but took sixth in heat of the first round of the outdoor 800-meter semifinal. King was just the second Eagle to ever compete in three championship meets in one academic year a season ago. King rested for much of the 2012 indoor season and is in her final year of eligibility for outdoor track.
The NCAA Championship can be viewed in its entirety through ncaa.com or espn3.com. The meet begins at noon on Wednesday, June 6 with decathlon. Updates will also be provided via Twitter @DUBulldgos and on Facebook at DrakeAthletics.
The Second 800m Preliminary Field