Duke sends 27, UNC 26 to NCAA qualifying meet

May. 30, 2014 @ 09:00 PM

Link to live NCAA East Preliminary Meet results.


The Duke track and field team sends 27 competitors, including 15 women and 12 men, to the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Round meet in Jacksonville, Fla. The three-day meet is scheduled to run from Thursday, May 29, through Saturday, May 31.

The two NCAA preliminary round meets, divided between the east and the west, provide an opportunity for the top-12 finishers in each event at each site to qualify for the national championship meet in Eugene, Ore. The combined top 24 declared competitors in each event from the two sites will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Sixteen individuals and one relay qualified for the first round contest on the track. The Blue Devils showcase experience at the meet, with nine individuals, including sophomore Anima Banks (800), juniors Abby Farley (800; 4x400), Lauren Hansson (400; 4x400), Nate McClafferty (1,500), Elizabeth Kerpon (200; 4x400) and Shaun Thompson (5,000), senior Brian Atkinson (10,000) and graduate students Mike Moverman (5,000) and Juliet Bottorff (5,000; 10,000) boasting at least one appearance at the contest.  

Seven individuals enter this weekend's competition for the first time in their collegiate careers, including freshmen Haley Meier (1,500) and Madeline Kopp (400; 4x400), sophomores Madison Granger (1,500) and Robert Rohner (100), redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski (400 hurdles, 100 hurdles), senior Ashley Berry (3,000 steeple) and graduate student Audrey Huth (1,500).

In the throws, Duke is represented by five participants. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Lang is set to compete in the javelin after winning the conference title in the same event earlier this season while fellow redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals is scheduled to participate in both the shot put and discus for the second consecutive year at the first round meet. Joining Boals in the discus is redshirt senior Austin Gamble, who is slated to compete in the first round meet for the third time in his career.

For the women, freshman Christine Streisel enters the first regional preliminary meet of her collegiate career, competing in the javelin Thursday afternoon. In the women’s shot put, redshirt senior Michelle Anumba enters the event scheduled for Saturday. Anumba last competed in the NCAA East Preliminary Round Meet in 2012, when she placed 12th in the shot put and 25th in the hammer throw.

Duke, which is the only team at the meet to enter three high jumpers in the contest, is represented by senior Tanner Anderson, redshirt junior Michael Krone and sophomore Carl Heinz. Anderson and Krone both boast a wealth of experience at the regional first round meet, with a combined six trips between the two. Their counterpart, Heinz, takes to the high jump apron in Jacksonville for the first time in his career.

Redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot is scheduled to compete in the women's high jump, set for 5 p.m. Friday. The Las Vegas, Nev., native owns a season-best clearance of  5-10.00 (1.78).

The Blue Devils will be represented in the pole vault by sophomore Megan Clark in the women’s contest, while senior Justin Amezquita is slated to participate in the men’s pole vault. Clark, who owns the third-highest clearance in the nation this season at 14-7.25 (4.45), competes in the second NCAA East Preliminary Round Meet of her collegiate career. Clark also heads into this weekend's meet with the top clearance in the region. Amezquita also owns experience at the first round meet, entering the competition for the third consecutive year.

Duke enters this weekend’s meet with a total of 15 All-NCAA Regional honorees in school history, including four on the men’s side and 11 on the women’s side. Liz Wort last won an NCAA East Preliminary Round title in 2007, winning the steeplechase.


Day Time Event Name
Thursday 12 p.m. (M) Javelin Thomas Lang
Thursday 4 p.m. (M) Shot Put Stephen Boals
Thursday 5 p.m. (W) 400-Meter Hurdles Teddi Maslowski
Thursday 5:30 p.m. (W) Javelin Christine Streisel
Thursday 5:30 p.m. (M) 1,500-Meter Run Nate McClafferty
Thursday 6 p.m. (W) 1,500-Meter Run Haley Meier
Audrey Huth
Madison Granger
Thursday 6:30 p.m. (M) 100-Meter Dash Robert Rohner
Thursday 7:45 p.m. (W) 400-Meter Dash Madeline Kopp
Lauren Hansson
Thursday 8:35 p.m. (W) 800-Meter Run Anima Banks
Abby Farley
Thursday 9 p.m. (M) 10,000-Meter Run Brian Atkinson
Thursday 9:40 p.m. (W) 10,000-Meter Run Juliet Bottorff
Friday 12 p.m. (W) Pole Vault Megan Clark
Friday 5 p.m. (W) High Jump Karli Johonnot
Friday 5:30 p.m. (W) 100-Meter Hurdles Teddi Maslowski
Friday 8:25 p.m. (W) 200-Meter Dash Elizabeth Kerpon
Friday 9:30 p.m. (W) 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Ashley Berry
Saturday 12 p.m. (M) Pole Vault Justin Amezquita
Saturday 12 p.m. (M) Discus Stephen Boals
Saturday 4 p.m. (W) Shot Put Michelle Anumba
Saturday 5 p.m. (M) High Jump Tanner Anderson
Carl Heinz
Michael Krone
Saturday 8:05 p.m. (M) 5,000-Meter Run Mike Moverman
Shaun Thompson
Saturday 8:45 p.m. (W) 5,000-Meter Run Juliet Bottorff
Saturday 9:45 p.m. (W) 4x400-Meter Relay Lauren Hansson
Elizabeth Kerpon
Madeline Kopp
Abby Farley



The University of North Carolina track and field teams will send 26 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round Championships in Jacksonville, Fla. The First Round will start Thursday, May 29 and conclude Saturday, May 31.

"We are delighted to have 26 student-athletes qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships," North Carolina head Coach Harlis Meaders said. "This is the result of having exceptional coaches in each area and a balanced team."

In addition to the East region in Jacksonville, Fla., the NCAA will host the West region in Fayetteville, Ark. The qualifiers out of these regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Eugene, Org. from June 12-14.

Qualifying to the final championships competition in Eugene, Ore., is accomplished through performance in the preliminary championships competition at each site for events contested at those competitions. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event advance from each preliminary championships competition site resulting in the top 24 at the final championships. The top eight from those final qualifiers earn All-America honors.

"We have athletes representing UNC from each of different areas: sprints, distance, hurdles, horizontal jumps, high jump, pole vault, and the throws," Meaders said. "Although we are proud of the accomplishments of our kids, they realize that this meet is just the next step along our path to become one of the top programs in the NCAA. We are looking forward to a great week in Jacksonville."

A recap of performances and results will be posted on Goheels.com at the conclusion of each day of the meet. All NCAA Preliminary Round information can be found here and here. Follow the team on Twitter (@UNCTrack_Field) for instant updates.

NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers

Ceo Ways, Fr., Sprints: Ways is seeded seventh in the 200 with a time of 20.53 in which he set at the Florida Relays and tied at the ACC Outdoor Championships. At the Florida Relays Ways ran the 400 in 45.93 and ran 3:05.46 with the 4x400 team. Ways also anchored the 4x400 team at the ACC Outdoor Championships where the relay team took first. During the indoor season Ways earned All-America Honors for helping the 4x400 team place fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Kwame Donyinah, Fr., Sprints: Donyinah earned All-America status in the indoor season for helping the 4x400 team place fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Donyinah qualified for the East Preliminary Round at the ACC Outdoor Championships where he ran 46.84 in the 400. Donyinah has run below 47 twice in the outdoor season. Donyinah is seeded 25th in the 400 heading into the First Round.

Cory Nicholls, Fr., Mid-Distance: Nicholls ran below 1:50 four different times in the outdoor season. At the Raleigh Relays Nicholls set a personal best at 1:49.80. Nicholls qualified for the First Round in the last meet of the year at Georgia Tech. Nicholls ran 1:49.21 and is seeded 27th in the 800 in the East.

Steve Magnuson, Sr., Distance: Magnuson qualified for the First Round last year in the steeplechase. Qualified for the steeplechase this year after running 8:59.18 at the Stanford Invitational. That time has Magnuson seeded 36th in the East in the steeplechase.

Isaac Presson, Sr., Distance: Presson is seeded ninth in the 5,000 in the East Region. His personal best time of 13:52.93 was set at the Stanford Invitational where Presson captured his seventh different event with a top-five time in school history. During the Indoor season Presson captured an ACC Championship in the 3,000. He also won the ACC Indoor Championship mile in 2012. He's a 6-time All-ACC Honoree, All-ACC Academic Honoree, and a USA Championships Competitor. He was at the NCAA First Round last year competing in the 1,500.

Pat Schellberg, Sr., Distance: Schellberg is seeded 12th in the East Region for the 5,000. Schellberg punched his ticket to the first round by running 13:55.77 at the Stanford Invitational. Schellberg competed in the First Round as a freshman in the 5,000 and is a 3-time All-ACC Honoree.

Roy Smith, Sr., Hurdles: Smith is seeded 22nd in the 110-meter hurdles and 28th in the 400-meter hurdles. Smith set personal records in both events this year. Smith improved his PR in the 110 hurdles in all but two races this year. As a freshman Smith competed in the 400-meter hurdles at the First Round.

Devon Carter, Sr., Hurdles: Carter ran 14.12 in the 110-hurdles at the Virginia Challenge to qualify for the First Round. He competed in the First Round last year in the 110-hurdles. He owns a PR of 14.06 in the event.

RJ Alowonle, So., Hurdles: Alowonle has the nation's eighth fastest time in the 400 hurdles and is seeded first in the East Region. Alowonle set a top-five all-time mark in UNC history in the 400-hurdles at the ACC Outdoor Championships running 50.23. He's the back-to-back ACC Champion in the 400-hurdles. Alowonle competed in the 400-hurdles last year at the First Round and is a 4-time All-ACC Honoree. Earned All-America status for helping the 4x400 relay team take fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He will also compete in the 4x400 in the First Round.

Javonte Lipsey, So., Hurdles: Lipsey ran a personal best 50.65 at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the 400-hurdles and took second. He was ACC Champion in the 400-hurdles as a freshman and an Olympic Trials Qualifier. Lipsey made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a member of the 4x400 relay team and will race in that event this year again.

Phillip Morris, Sr., High Jump: Morris is seeded 45th in the East Region in the high jump. Morris set a new personal record at 6-10 ¼ (2.09 meters) at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting.

Chris DiLorenzo, Sr., Shot Put: Qualified for the First Round at the ACC Outdoor Championships by throwing 57-3 ½ (17.46 meters). This will be DiLorenzo's third time competing in the East Region's First Round. DiLorenzo is seeded 46th this year in the East Region.

Houston Summers, So., Javelin: Qualified for the NCAA First Round at the Joe Hilton Outdoor Invitational where he threw 216-8 (66.04 meters). Placed second in the javelin at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Owns a personal best of 222-5. Competed in the NCAA First Round last year and earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors. Summers is seeded 33rd in the East Region.

Lizzy Whelan, So., Distance: Whelan is seeded 14th in the women's 1,500 where she ran 4:18.00 at the Stanford Invitational. Whelan competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships this year and earned All-America second team. Qualified for the First Round last year in the 800.

Karley Rempel, Jr., Distance: Rempel is seeded 29th in the 1,500 in the East Region. Set a new PR and qualified for the First Round at the Florida Relays running 4:21.95.

Annie LeHardy, Jr., Distance: LeHardy is seeded 15th in the women's 5,000. She ran 16:06.83 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational to qualify for the First Round. LeHardy is the Indoor ACC Champion in the 3,000. Competed in the NCAA First Round in the 1,500 last year.

Cori Floyd, Jr., Hurdles: Seeded 46th in East Region for the 400-meter hurdles. Floyd ran a personal best 59.70 at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Emily Godwin, Fr., High Jump: Godwin is seeded 26th in the high jump at 5-10 (1.79 meters). Godwin is a multi-event athlete who specialized in the high jump. She has the school's third best indoor pentathlon mark and ranks as the seventh-best junior heptathlete in the world, according to the IAAF.

Tory Kemp, So., High Jump: Kemp is seeded 36th in the high jump at the East Region. Kemp is another multi-event athlete competing in a single event. Kemp jumped 5-9 ¼ (1.76 meters) at the Virginia Challenge. Qualified for the First Round last year in the high jump.

Cameron Overstreet, Jr., Pole Vault: Overstreet is seeded 14th in the women's pole vault. Overstreet set a new PR in the pole vault by clearing 13-8 ½ (4.18 meters) at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Overstreet made it to the NCAA Championships last year on a jump-off in the preliminary round.

Caroline Brailsford, Fr., Pole Vault: Brailsford is seeded 24th in the pole vault for the East Region. Brailsford cleared 13-4 ½ (4.08 meters) at the Georgia Tech Invitational to qualify for the first round.

Amanda Benninghoff, Fr., Pole Vault: Benninghoff is seeded 40th at the preliminary round. Benninghoff set a PR of 13-0 ¾ (3.98 meters) at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

Xenia Rahn, Jr., Long Jump: Rahn is seeded 31st in the women's long jump. Rahn jumped 20-3 ½ (6.18 meters) at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Rahn is a transfer from Memphis where she won the Conference USA indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. She competed in both the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pentathlon and heptathlon respectively. Rahn will compete in the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon.

Sarah Howard, So., Shot Put: Howard is seeded 13th in the women's shot put with a seeded mark of 53-5 ½ (16.29 meters). Howard competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put. Owns a PR of 55-8 ½ (16.98 meters), which she threw indoors. Qualified last year in the First Round for the shot put.

Tristine Johnson, Sr., Triple Jump: Johnson is seeded 27th in the women's triple jump. She jumped 42-2 ¼ (12.86 meters) at the Florida Relays. Johnson has competed twice in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump.

Avana Story, So., Hammer: Story qualified for the East Preliminary Round at the Texas Relays throwing 192-9 (58.76 meters) a PR. Story competed in last year's NCAA First Round.

North Carolina NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers




NCAA Position

Ceo Ways








Kwame Donyinah








Cory Nicholls




Steve Magnuson

3,000 Steeplechase



Isaac Presson




Pat Schellberg




Roy Smith

110 Hurdles




400 Hurdles



Devon Carter

110 Hurdles



RJ Alowonle

400 Hurdles







Javonte Lipsey

400 Hurdles







Phillip Morris

High Jump

6-10 ¼ (2.09 meters)


Chris DiLorenzo

Shot Put

57-3 ½ (17.46 meters)


Houston Summers


216-8 (66.04 meters)


Lizzy Whelan




Karley Rempel




Annie LeHardy




Cori Floyd

400 Hurdles



Emily Godwin

High Jump

5-10 (1.79 meters)


Tory Kemp

High Jump

5-9 ¼ (1.76 meters)


Cameron Overstreet

Pole Vault

13-8 ½ (4.18 meters)


Caroline Brailsford

Pole Vault

13-4 ½ (4.08 meters)


Amanda Benninghoff

Pole Vault

13-0 ¾ (3.98 meters)


Xenia Rahn

Long Jump

20-3 ½ (6.18 meters)


Tristine Johnson

Triple Jump

42-2 ¼ (12.86 meters)


Sarah Howard

Shot Put

53-5 ½ (16.29 meters)


Avana Story


192-9 (58.76 meters)