NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Prelims Set to Begin

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NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Prelims Set to Begin

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The march toward the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins Thursday for the LSU track and field teams as they kick off the competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds being held through Saturday at Irwin Belk Track.

Located on the campus of North Carolina A&T University, Irwin Belk Track will serve as one of two host sites for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds this weekend. The NCAA West Preliminary Rounds will run at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.

The NCAA has eliminated the regional format used for qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships since the 2003 season in favor of this new format used to determine this year’s national champions.

The NCAA Selection Committee accepted the top 48 performers in each individual event and the top 24 relay teams in both relays to compete at each site hosting the NCAA Preliminary Rounds for a total of 96 individuals and 48 relays competing in each event nationwide.

LSU has qualified a total of 52 entries into the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds between the teams, which includes 27 entries for the men and 25 entries for the women.

When competing in the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, the top 12 finishers in each open and relay event will qualify for the national semifinal and final rounds of the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to be held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene from June 9-12.

“Our athletes have prepared themselves all year long for this part of the season, and now it’s time for each one of them to do what they need to do to get the job done and advance to Eugene to give us the chance to compete for a national championship,” said LSU head coach Dennis Shaver. “They understand that this is the NCAA Championships. We have the first round and quarterfinals in all of the running events. We also have the qualifying round in all of the field events in the jumps and throws.

“If you don’t finish in the top 12 of this meet, you do not advance. It’s as simple as that. Our athletes must be ready to compete from the moment they come to the track. That’s what it takes to advance.”

LSU is riding a wave of momentum into the NCAA Preliminary Rounds as the Lady Tigers kicked off the championship season by winning the team crown at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held two weeks ago in Knoxville, Tenn. The Tigers finished as this year’s SEC Outdoor runners-up.

With the win, the Lady Tigers captured their 11th SEC Outdoor title all-time and their 22nd conference title in program history between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

On the strength of their performance at the SEC Outdoor meet, the Lady Tigers are the top-ranked team in the field at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds as they bring a No. 3 national ranking to Greensboro in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 power ranking published on Tuesday. The Tigers enter the meet ranked No. 5 nationally in the men’s power ranking.

Live results from the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds will be provided by Flash Results and can be found online at www.flashresults.com. ans can also follow up-to-the-minute and behind-the scenes coverage of the Tigers and Lady Tigers during the meet by following @LSUTrackField on Twitter and by becoming a fan of the official LSU Track & Field group on Facebook.

LSU Athletes in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds

Men
Athlete, Event, Time/Mark (Region Rank)
Ade Alleyne-Forte, 400 meters, 46.97 (35)
Joseph Caraway, Pole Vault, 17-0 ¾ (T20)
Will Coppage, Long Jump, 26-3 ¾w (2)
Mark DeBlanc, Javelin, 210-4 (37)
Josh Dominguez, Pole Vault, 17-8 ½ (T4)
Damar Forbes, Long Jump, 26-0 ¼ (4)
Damar Forbes, Triple Jump, 52-0 (8)
Armanti Hayes, 400 meters, 46.21 (13)
Walter Henning, Hammer Throw, 239-5 (2)
Jerel Hill, 100 meters, 10.34 (T17)
Jerel Hill, 200 meters, 20.90w (27)
Jamaal James, 800 meters, 1:48.34 (15)
Johnathan Johnson, 100 meters, 10.44w (29)
Richard Jones, 800 meters, 1:46.81 (2)
Michael Lauro, Hammer Throw, 217-8 (8)
Marcus McGehee, Pole Vault, 17-1 ½ (18)
Aaron Moore, Javelin, 226-8 (9)
Barrett Nugent, 110 hurdles, 13.56 (2)
Thomas Reinecke, Pole Vault, 16-6 ¾ (T37)
Ryan Roubion, Javelin, 209-10 (38)
Robert Simmons, 400 meters, 47.21 (42)
Zedric Thomas, Long Jump, 25-8 ¾ (7)
Zedric Thomas, Triple Jump, 52-6 ½ (4)
Sadiki White, 800 meters, 1:48.35 (16)
Caleb Williams, 400 meters, 46.50 (25)
Hill, Coppage, Hayes, Mvumvure; 4×100 relay; 39.34 (5)
Williams, Alleyne-Forte, Jones, Hayes; 4×400 relay; 3:04.92 (4)

Women
Athlete, Event, Time/Mark (Region Rank)
Brittani Carter, High Jump, 6-0 ½ (T2)
Kristina Davis, 100 meters, 11.57 (28)
Kimberlyn Duncan, 200 meters, 22.96w (2)
Brittany Hall, 800 meters, 2:03.76 (5)
Samantha Henry, 100 meters, 11.18 (2)
Samantha Henry, 200 meters, 22.94w (1)
Siedda Herbert, 400 meters, 54.35 (29)
Tenaya Jones, 100 hurdles, 13.32 (T14)
Rachel Laurent, Pole Vault, 13-11 ½ (T2)
Charlene Lipsey, 800 meters, 2:05.89 (12)
Latoya McDermott, 400 meters, 54.44 (35)
Melissa Ogbourne, Long Jump, 20-4 ½ (14)
Melissa Ogbourne, Triple Jump, 43-5 ¾w (T5)
Takeia Pinckney, 100 meters, 11.26 (5)
Takeia Pinckney, 200 meters, 23.34 (13)
Brittany Porter, Long Jump, 20-1 ½ (22)
Katelyn Rodrigue, Pole Vault, 13-2 ½ (14)
Samia Stokes, Discus, 168-5 (21)
Cassandra Tate, 400 hurdles, 57.12 (9)
LaTavia Thomas, 800 meters, 2:01.40 (1)
Kayann Thompson, 800 meters, 2:03.54 (4)
Kim Williams, Hammer Throw, 195-9 (11)
Kenyanna Wilson, 100 meters, 11.34w (8)
Henry, Duncan, Pinckney, Wilson; 4×100 relay; 43.25 (2)
Hall, Tate, Thompson, Thomas; 4×400 relay; 3:31.46 (1)