North Carolina universities will be well represented when the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin Wednesday in Eugene, Ore.
N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina will send 18 athletes to the meet.
N.C. State will take six athletes, led by senior Karimah Shepherd, who will participate in the triple and long jumps. Shepherd, the school record holder in the long jump, finished 10th in the triple jump and 11th in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Shepherd will be joined in Eugene by shot putter Tremanisha Taylor, 1,000-meter runner Joanna Thompson and discus thrower SeQuoia Watkins. The Wolfpack mens team will send Andrew Colley in the 5,000 and Ryan Hill in the 1,500.
North Carolina qualifiers are Lianne Farber in the 1,500, Cameron Overstreet in the pole vault and Briana Hudson and Tristine Johnson in the triple jump. Clayton Parros will be the Tar Heels mens lone representative, competing in the 400.
Parros has been to four straight NCAA championships, either as an individual in the 400 or as a member of the 4x400 relay.
Duke will send four athletes, including junior Curtis Beach, who won the heptathlon in the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. He will compete in the decathlon. Beach, who is Dukes record holder in the event, was third among meet qualifiers with 8,011 points. Austin Gamble will also compete for the mens team in the discus.
The Duke women will send 800-meter runners Cydney Ross and Anima Banks. This will be Ross third consecutive trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
East Carolina had three Pirates qualify for the meet. Kayla Padgett will compete in the womens hammer throw, Lauren Lubarski qualified in the womens javelin throw and freshman Cameron Hudson will participate in the mens long jump.
The meet will begin Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and continue until Saturday.