May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Carvin Nkanata placed fourth in the 200 meter dash and the men’s 4x400 meter relay team was sixth on Saturday evening to advance to the NCAA National Championship Meet in Eugene, Ore.
“I was really happy with how Brycen anchored the 4x400 meter relay,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “He took us from sixth place to second in our heat. Carvin was not 100 percent today, but he toughed it out and qualified so that was good to see. On the women’s side, we were a couple tenths of a second off. That is what this meet is about; bringing your 'A' game and competing when it matters. We had some great performances, but were not able to send them through to Eugene.”
Nkanata ran a time of 20.53 which was his third fastest time of the season. Nkanata will be one of the favorites to win the national championship title in Eugene. The meet will be held from June 5-8.
Nkanata then doubled back with the men’s 4x400 meter relay team as he, Micah Murray, Charles Ross and Brycen Spratling placed second in their heat and sixth overall with a time of 3:07.56 to reach the NCAA Championship Meet.
The Panthers will send five athletes to NCAA’s. Individually, Elizabeth Kline will participate in the heptathlon, Nkanata will run the 200 meter dash and Brycen Spratling will compete the 400 meter dash. The men’s 4x400 meter relay team will also be in action.
In the final day of NCAA qualifying at the Irwin Belk Track inside Aggie Stadium, the women’s 4x100 meter relay team of Ashley Woodford, Jonnique Lawrence, Arielle Fonrose and Taranisha Taylor were two places shy of making it to Eugene as they placed 14th with a time of 44.91. It was their second fastest time of the season and they were one tenth of a second off from qualifying.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay also placed 14th as Fonrose, Lawrence, Kline and Evann Thompson ran their fastest time of the season with a 3:37.29.
Taylor Slaney was 21st in the javelin with a distance of 45.51m (149-00 feet), while Julia Koloski placed 16th in the triple jump with a jump of 12.46m (40-10.50). Also in the triple jump, Ashley Corum was 42nd with a distance of 11.76m (38-07.00).