May 26, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The third and final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East and West Regionals concluded on Saturday, May 25 in Greensboro, N.C., and Austin, Texas, respectively.
A total of five A-10 student-athletes qualified to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8. VCU leads all schools in the A-10 qualifying two student-athletes, Kiara Porter and Jalessa Williams, for next week's national championships. Also represented at the championships will be Butler, Charlotte and Saint Joseph’s with one representative each.
Courtesy of Butler Sports Information
Butler junior Katie Clark continued her march in the 2013 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship with a pair of strong performances at the East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C. Her next stop is the national semifinal and final rounds in Eugene, Ore.
The Butler distance ace placed 11th in the women's 10,000 in 33:45.23 to advance in that event, becoming the first Butler runner to qualify for the national finals of the women's 10,000. She then finished her competition at the meet by placing fifth in the women's 5,000 in 16:01.17.
Clark is Butler's record-holder in both the 5,000 and the 10,000.
Courtesy of Charlotte Sports Information
Senior Jake Deaton finished 11th in the discus throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Championship with a toss of 179’10 Thursday afternoon to advance to the NCAA Division I Championships in Eugene, Ore. held June 5-8.
Deaton qualified for the NCAA Championships by finishing in the top 12 of his event.
Courtesy of Saint Joseph’s Sports Information
For the first time in 27 years, Saint Joseph's will be represented at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships as graduate student distance standout Kevin McDonnell took sixth place out of 48 runners in the 10,000m on Thursday evening at the 2013 NCAA Division I Track and Field East Regional Preliminary Round at Irwin Belk Track inside of Aggie Stadium, hosted by North Carolina A&T State University. In a time of 29:59.82, McDonnell becomes one of 12 finalists to advance to the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships that will be held in Eugene, Ore. from June 5-8.
McDonnell becomes the first male runner in either indoor or outdoor track to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships since Steve Ave qualified in both indoor (1000m) and outdoor (1500m) in 1986.
Entering the event ranked 10th in the East Region, McDonnell and the additional 47 runners in the event began the race in the pouring rain. It started off as a slow, tactical race, but with eight laps to go, it became a quick 3200m. McDonnell ran a 9:03 for the 3200m and 4:28 for his last 1600m en route to taking lead of the pack with three laps remaining. From there, he earned the sixth-place finish to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
No stranger to the preliminaries scene, the three-time NCAA East Regional participant took home a 23rd-place finish in 2011 and 19th-place finish in 2012. McDonnell holds Saint Joseph's record in the 10,000m with a time of 29:16.01, set at Bucknell's Bison Outdoor Classic back on May 13.
Courtesy of VCU Sports Information
Needing to finish in the top-12 of the semifinals, Kiara Porter blistered the track to the tune of 52.33, good for a tie for the fourth-best time of the day. It was the second straight day she broke her own school record after clocking in at 52.41 in Thursday's East Preliminary Round.
Porter follows her teammate Jaleesa Williams, who earned a spot at the national meet in the discus. It's just the second time in school history that VCU has sent two females to the NCAA National Championships. The only other time came in 1997 when Beth Green and Maria Elena Calle made the trip to Bloomington, Ind.
A-10 NCAA Championship Qualifiers
Jake Deaton, CHA, Discus Throw (5th)
Kevin McDonnell, SJU 10,000 meters (6th)
Katie Clark, BU, 5,000 meters (5th); 10,000 meters (11th)
Kiara Porter, VCU, 400 meters (T4th)
Jaleesa Williams, VCU, Discus (6th)