JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Day 2 of the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet in Jacksonville, Fla., concluded with Duke junior Elizabeth Kerpon advancing in the women’s open 200.
Kerpon automatically qualified for Saturday’s 200m semifinal with a third-place finish in the sixth and final heat of the competition. Kerpon, Duke’s school record holder at the distance, clocked a time of 23.77.
By advancing, Kerpon has an opportunity to qualify for the national championship in Eugene, Ore.
Earlier in the day, sophomore Megan Clark nearly qualified for her first NCAA Outdoor Championship meet, placing 14th with a clearance of 13-7.25 (4.15). After clearances at 12-9.50 (3.90), 13-3.50 (4.05) and 13-7.25 (4.15), inclement weather postponed the competition.
While warming up for the restart of the event, Clark’s pole snapped. After collecting herself, Clark made three attempts at 13-9.25 (4.20), but was unable to clear the height.
In the 800, sophomore Anima Banks placed sixth in her heat and 14th overall, falling two positions shy of the NCAA qualifying standard.
N.C. State: Redshirt sophomore SeQuoia Watkins set a school record in the women’s discus with a throw of 180-4 (54.98m) at the NCAA East Regional on Friday to finish in sixth-place overall and qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Watkins, who broke her previous record of 180-3 from this year, becomes the second member of the Wolfpack track and field team to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships. She will join Jonathan Addison – who finished third in the men’s long jump Thursday – yesterday - on the trip to Eugene, Ore.
Alexis Perry came up just short of qualifying for the quarterfinals in the women's 100m hurdles, finishing 29th in the preliminary round with a time of 13.66.
Kenyetta Iyevbele, who qualified on Thursday for thequarterfinal round in the women’s 800m, finished in 20th place in the race with a result of 2:10.72
North Carolina: RJ Alowonle and Javonte Lipsey both qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles.
Alowonle narrowly missed out on going to the NCAA Championships last year when he was one place out of the top 12.
Alowonle certainly sealed the deal by taking first in his heat and setting the fastest qualifying time of any competitor at 50.11, a new personal record.
The next fastest competitor was almost a half second behind. Alowonle still ranks third on the all-time list for school history. Lipsey He qualified for the final at 51.42 after hitting two hurdles. He finished third in his heat, which automatically qualified him for the NCAA Championships.
Emily Godwin took 21st overall in the women’s high jump as a freshman. She cleared 5-9 3/4 (1.77 meters) on her last attempt, but couldn’t get over 5-11 1/4 (1.81 meters), which would have surpassed her PR.