May 21, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The quest for a National Championship begins this weekend as members from the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field team head to North Carolina A&T for the NCAA East Regional Championship Meet.
North Carolina A&T will host the three day competition which is scheduled to run from May 23-25. The Irwin Belk Track inside Aggie Stadium will feature the top athletes in the country, east of the Mississippi. Qualifying teams and individuals will advance to the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8. The University of Texas is the site for the NCAA West Regional Championship Meet.
All-Meet tickets are $25 for adults, while youth (17-and-under) and senior citizen tickets (65-and-older) are $15. Single day tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors.
Coming off back-to-back 200 meter dash titles at the Big East Outdoor Championship Meet and the ECAC/IC4A Championship Meet, Carvin Nkanata will look to be crowned the East Regional Champion this weekend. He posted a time of 20.32 in the 200 at the ECAC/IC4A Championship Meet, which ranks him second in the region and fourth nationally. The top 12 athletes from both the East and the West Region will advance to Eugene, Org. for the National Championship Meet.
Nkanata is also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team which ranks sixth nationally and second in the East Region. Along with Nkanata, Micah Murray, Olivier Philogene and Brycen Spratling are one of the teams to beat this weekend. This quartet set the school record of 3:04.16 at the Penn Relays, and they rank second in the East only behind the Florida Gators.
Spratling and Murray are also entered in the individual 400 meter dash. Spratling is seeded eighth overall after his school record time of 45.94 at the Big East Championship Meet, and Murray enters 35th with a seed time of 47.18.
In the field events, school record holder Andrew Wells is seeded 27th in the discus with his distance of 54.50 (Charlotte 49er), and Brett Millar enters the meet 13th in the javelin with his personal-record throw of 69.31 at the Penn Relays.
For the women, Jonnique Lawrence is seeded 7th in the 400 meter dash after her career-best time of 52.64 two weekends ago at the ECAC/IC4A Championships. Teammate Arielle Fonrose is ranked 28th in that same event as she brings her personal-best time of 53.63 into the meet.
The women’s 4x100 meter relay team is seeded 8th heading into the weekend as Lawrence and Fonrose will be joined by leadoff runner Ashley Woodford and anchor runner Taranisha Taylor. Their top time of 44.68 was achieved when they won the ECAC/IC4A Championship title.
The 4x400 meter team enters the meet ranked 19th with a seed time of 3:37.70, while freshman Evann Thompson is ranked 31st in the 400 meter hurdles. Thompson ran a 58.89 at the Big East Championship Meet to qualify for the East Regional.
Julia Koloski leads the charge in the field events as she is seeded 11th in the triple jump by winning the ECAC title with a career-best distance of 12.90m. Ashley Corum will also participate in the triple jump and is seeded 43rd. Javelin thrower Taylor Slaney enters the competition seeded 21st with her top distance of 47.35m coming at ECAC’s.
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