May 28, 2014
CONWAY - A total of 13 student-athletes from the Coastal Carolina men's and women's track and field teams will head to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be contested this Thursday through Saturday at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Sophomore Jessica Gelibert and junior Christina Davis will be the first two Chants in action as they take the track at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the women's 400m hurdles. Gelibert enters the meet as the seventh seed after running a 57.07 400m hurdles at the Tiger Track Classic hosted by Auburn University. Gelibert entered last year's NCAA Preliminary Round as the seventh seed, ended up finishing 15th overall and just missed a trip to the NCAA Championship by three spots. Davis qualified 45th in the 400m hurdles after posting a time of 59.62 at the Aggie Last Chance Meet. Davis also qualified for the 100m hurdles last season as the 48th seed.
Gelibert will run in heat four of the preliminaries against runners from Akron, Auburn, Elon, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Princeton. She has the second-fastest qualifying time of the heat behind Alexis Franklin, a sophomore from Ohio State. Davis will run in heat six against runners from Central Michigan, Harvard, Kentucky, Memphis, Southeastern Louisiana, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Junior Leah Nugent of Kentucky has the fastest qualifying time in Davis' heat, while Davis clocks in with the slowest time.
There are six heats in the first round. The top three from each heat advance to the quarterfinals, plus the next six fastest times. The quarterfinals are on Friday at 7:45 p.m. They advance the top three from each of the three quarterfinal heats, plus the three remaining fastest times, to the NCAA national meet, which will take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
Next in action will be junior DeAndra Lipscomb who qualified 45th in the 400m. Lipscomb will begin competition at 7:20 p.m. on Thursday. Lipscomb posted a qualifying time of 47.33 at the Georgia Tech Invitational, the last regular-season meet on the schedule. Lipscomb will be competing in heat three against runners from Alabama, Charleston Southern, Coppin State, Florida, Florida State, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Penn State. Sophomore Najee Glass of Florida has the fastest qualifying time in the heat, while Lipscomb comes in with the slowest time.
There are six heats in the first round, and the top three from each heat advance to the quarterfinals, plus the next six fastest times. The quarterfinals are on Friday at 6:00 p.m. They advance the top three from each of the three quarterfinal heats, plus the three remaining fastest times, to the NCAA national meet, which will take place June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
Junior Reggie Nelson competes at 5 p.m. on Saturday as the 14th seed in the men's high jump after a leap of 2.16 meters at the Penn Relays. Nelson was the 43rd seed in the men's high jump a season ago and finished tied for 13th, just missing out on a trip to the NCAA Championship. Nelson will compete in flight two out of two. The top 12 overall will advance to the NCAA national meet. Senior Ricky Robertson of Mississippi holds the best qualifying height at 2.29m.
The men's 4x400 relay team, consisting of Lipscomb, Corey Hackett-Greene, Alexander Hass and Stevie Brunson, will be in action on Saturday at 9:25 p.m. The team heads to Jacksonville, Fla., as the 19th seed, with a school-record time of 3:08.55 achieved at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Steve Carr and Russel Kanner will serve as alternates for the 4x400 team. The team will compete in heat three of three against Coppin State, Florida, Georgia, Hampton, Mississippi, Notre Dame and Ohio State. The top three from each heat, plus the next three best times, will advance to the NCAA national meet. The Chants are seeded seventh in their heat, while Florida holds the top qualifying time.
The women's 4x400m relay team, consisting of Gelibert, Camille Hurley, Christal Green and Teka Simpson, will compete at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. The team qualified 15th overall with a time of 3:35.73 which they ran at the Penn Relays. Leah Fair will serve as an alternate for the 4x400m team. CCU will compete in heat two of three against George Mason, Louisiana Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, Rutgers, UCF and Virginia. The top three from each heat, plus the next three best times, will advance to the NCAA national meet. The Chants are seeded fifth in their heat, while UCF holds the top time.
Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., will be the site of the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 11-14. The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet will advance to Eugene. They will be joined in Eugene by 12 qualifiers per event from the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round meet, which takes place in Fayetteville, Ark.