MAC Track and Field at the NCAA's

Updated 5/24/2013

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Kent State 
Delophont is third national qualifier for Flashes on Day 2 of NCAA East Prelims
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Youth continued to shine for Kent State today (May 24) on Day 2 of the Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminaries at North Carolina A&T State University's Irwin Belk Track. 

Freshman Dior Delophont (Nancy, France) earned Kent State's third ticket to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. after leaping 5 feet, 11.25 inches to tie for second in the women's high jump and earn one of the 12 national qualifying spots.  Delophont needed to clear the height, which proved to be the qualifying standard, to secure a trip to Eugene.
 
"Dior's been great all season," said Bill Lawson, Kent State's director of track and field and cross country.  "She did a great job with her back against the wall to advance to Eugene."
 
Delophont will travel to the northwest with fellow freshmen Reggie Jagers (Cleveland, Ohio) and Danniel Thomas (Shrewsbery, Jamaica), who both qualified yesterday (May 23) in the men's and women's discus, respectively.
 
The best may be still to come for Delophont, who will compete on the final day tomorrow (May 25) in the triple jump.  Delophont was the Mid-American Conference Outdoor champ in both the high jump and triple jump, and an All-American in both during the Indoor season.
 
Thomas also returns tomorrow to compete in the shot put.
 
The Golden Flashes are in position to make the final day a memorable one with several other standouts competing including sophomoreMatthias Tayala (McDonald, Ohio) who will be in his best event, the hammer throw.   Add senior Sara Oczypok (Pittsburgh, Pa) and junior C.J. Carlisle (Garrettsville, Ohio) in the javelin; junior Joh'vonnie Mosley (Youngstown, Ohio) in the shot put; and freshman Cody Jones (Canton, Ohio) in the high jump and more tickets to Eugene could be on the way.
 
"Saturday should be a big day for us," Lawson said.  "We've got a lot of talented kids going out there so we're excited about the possibilities."
 
Day 2 of the East Prelims also marked the close to a successful season for a handful of Flashes.
 
Sophomore Miles Dunlap (McDonald, Ohio), who ran a personal-best 52.14 seconds in the 400-meter hurdle prelims on Day 1, finished 24th overall in 54.32. 
 
Junior Shanequa Williams (Akron, Ohio) broke her own Kent State record in the 400 prelims on Day 1 in 53.53, but missed a spot in the top 12 and a trip to Eugene with a 54.66 in the finals.  Williams also placed 42nd in the 200 in 24.52.
 
2012 NCAA qualifier and sophomore Jackie Leppelmeier (McComb, Ohio), the Kent State record holder in the hammer throw at 199-5, narrowly missed a return trip to nationals with a 16th-place finish at 183-5.
 
Senior Brian Florek (Matawan, N.J.), the MAC javelin champ, closed a strong season with an 18th-place toss of 216-2.
 
Rounding out the Day 2 competitors were sophomore Ann Marie Duffus (North Clarendon, Jamaica), 37th in the 100 hurdles at 13.74; freshman Wayne Gordon (Amherst, N.Y.), 43rd in the 200 at 21.71; freshman Michael King (Salem, Ohio), 36th in the shot put at 53-4.25; and senior Domenica Rossi (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) in the pole vault.
 
"I'm really proud of all the kids who competed out here," Lawson noted.  "Sometimes it's just not meant to be, but they all did a great job this year and we as coaches couldn't be more proud of them.  Congratulations to all the kids on a fine season."
 
Forty-eight student-athletes in individual events and 24 teams in relay events are competing at each of the preliminary round sites, Greensboro, N.C. in the East and Austin, Tex. in the West.  The top 12 competitors in each individual event and top 12 teams in each relay event from each of the preliminary round sites advance to the national championships in Eugene, Ore.
 
Day 3 begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the men's hammer throw.  Track events start at 6 p.m. with the women's 4x100 relay. 
 
Miami 
Miami’s Baggett Qualifies for 100m Hurdles Quarterfinals
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami University senior Layne Baggett continued her storied RedHawk track and field career by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 100m hurdles Friday evening at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, hosted by North Carolina A&T State University at Irwin Belk Track at Aggie Stadium. Redshirt senior Diona Graves closed her record-setting Miami career Friday, however, running both the 100m and 200m dashes for a final time in the Red and White.
 
Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) punched her ticket to Saturday’s quarterfinals by crossing in a school-record 13.28, which was 14th among the 48 hurdlers in the first round. She broke the record of 13.31 that she tied earlier this year, which earned her the 15th seed entering the race and was first set by Miami Hall of Famer Becca Williams in 1996. Baggett automatically qualified for the quarterfinals by finishing third in her heat, as the top three in each of the six heats, along with the next six best times from the first round move on for a 24-woman quarterfinal. She actually had the 13th-fastest qualifying time, but is seeded 14th based on automatic qualifiers from other heats.  
 
Baggett, who is the three-time Mid-American Conference 100m hurdles champion, will run in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7:05 p.m. She is one of two MAC hurdlers among the four in the first round to advance, along with Eastern Michigan’s Vanessa Clerveaux qualifying 16th. A pair of Clemson Tigers posted the top two qualifying times in the first round (12.72 and 12.92). In order to make the NCAA Championships, Baggett will have to be in the top 12 as the top three in each of the three quarterfinal heats automatically advance along with the next three fastest times. Last year, she also earned a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals and placed 20th.
 
Graves (Fenton, Mo.), who on Thursday placed 23rd out of 48 in the first round of the 100m dash (11.57) to advance, also finished 23rd in the quarterfinals Saturday in 11.65, which is the fourth-best time in school history, all clocked by Graves this year. The top 12 finishers from the quarterfinal heats advanced to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. June 5-8. Central Florida’s Aurieyall Scott and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan shared the top qualifying time of 11.05, while Graves was the lone MAC sprinter to even make the quarterfinals. 
 
Just 90 minutes after running in the 100m quarterfinals, Graves ran in the 200m dash first round and placed 29th out of 48 in 24.04. Her 200m time is also the fourth-fastest time in Miami history, again all clocked by Graves this season. She improved on her seed four spots as she entered the race seeded 33rd with her school-record time of 23.75 from the MAC Championships. Graves was tops among the three MAC sprinters in the first round, however only the top 24 move on to Saturday’s quarterfinal, as she missed advancing by 17-hundredths of a second. UCF’s Scott had the top 200m qualifying time as well in 22.85.
 
Graves finishes her Miami career holding six school records: 200m and 4x400m relay indoors and 100m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays outdoors. She also won four MAC titles at this year’s outdoor championships, claiming the 100m and 200m individual gold medals and helping Miami sweep the relays. 
 
Along with Baggett running in the 100m hurdles quarterfinals Saturday, junior Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) looks to qualify for her third straight NCAA Championships in the javelin. She throws at noon in the third and final flight of the day. Paterra enters the meet seeded eighth in the East Prelims, while she was a First-Team All-American last year, finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships and fifth in the East Prelims. After three throws for all 48 throwers, the top 16 among all three flights get three more throws in the final with the top 12 from that group advancing to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Championships.
 
To read a complete recap of Thursday’s action at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, click here.
 
 
Western Michigan 
WMU's Iris Campbell's Collegiate Career Ends in Greensboro
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Western Michigan track and field's Iris Campbell wrapped up her historic career as a Bronco at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at North Carolina A&T State on Friday evening.
 
Campbell finished just shy of advancing to the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing 17th overall and fourth in her heat with a time of 59.22 seconds. The senior battled 20 mile-per-hour winds and got off to a good start. She was in second place heading into the final straightaway but had trouble with the ninth and 10th hurdles, ultimately dropping her to fourth. The top three finishers from each heat automatically advanced but Campbell finished in fifth place just .18 seconds behind the third place finisher Tyler Brockington from South Carolina. 
 
"The Iris Campbells of the world don't come along often," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She was a pleasure to coach. She has scored so many points for us over her four years and is probably one of our top point-scorers in our history."
 
The Emmett, Mich., native leaves Western Michigan with four career individual Mid-American Conference titles and another three titles as part of the 4x400 and 4x100-meter relay teams. She was a part of the 4x400 squad that earned Second Team All-American honors last season as well. She also competed in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminaries and NCAA Regionals, prior to the new format, each of her four years. 
 
The track wasn't the only place that Campbell got it done. She was also a stellar student, holding a 3.67 GPA in nursing. She could be the first Bronco in program history to earn Academic All-MAC honors for every season she was eligible. She currently has been honored five times, twice outdoors and three times for the indoor season with the 2013 outdoor honors still to be announced. She has also been named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team three times with the 2013 team still yet to be announced.
 
Junior Andrea Hiler is the lone Bronco left at the NCAA East Preliminaries and will compete in the shot put on Saturday.
 

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Miami
Yee Competes in Javelin at NCAA East Prelims; Sophomore places 37th as lone male RedHawk to compete Friday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami University senior Jarrod Eick highlighted a quintet of RedHawks on the men’s track and field team who competed on the opening day of the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds Thursday, as he qualified for the 1500m quarterfinals at North Carolina A&T State University’s Irwin Belk Track at Aggie Stadium.

Eick (Hartville, Ohio) clocked a personal-best time of 3:44.12, which was sixth in his first round heat, but it was also the sixth-fastest qualifying time among all 48 runners. The top five from each of the four heats automatically advances to the quarterfinals, however Eick earned one of four at-large berths by having one of the next best four times. He actually had the best at-large time, which placed him 21st in qualifying. His time ranks him fifth in school history, as he improved on his qualifying time of 3:46.07, which had him seeded 36th. Eick, who was 37th at last year’s East Prelims in the 1500m first round, runs in the 1500m quarterfinals on Saturday at 6:45 p.m. He is the only Mid-American Conference runner in the 24-man field, while Notre Dame’s Jeremy Rae had the top first round time of 3:43.33.
 
Senior John Cantwell (Holland, Pa.) led a pair of RedHawks in the long jump as he closed out his career by placing 26th in the prelims with a leap of 7.12m/23-4.5. He recorded the mark on his third and final attempt, improving on each jump. Junior Sam Spallinger (Pandora, Ohio) finished 34th with a jump of 6.95m/22-9.75, which he posted on the second of his three attempts. Cantwell, who was the top MAC finisher among the six in the 48-man field, entered the meet seeded 15th with a jump of 7.58m/24-10.5, which is second in school history. Spallinger was seeded 33rd with his mark of 7.43m/24-4.5, which won him the MAC title, though he was third among MAC jumpers Thursday. Spallinger was sixth in flight two while Cantwell was ninth in flight three. Virginia Tech’s Jeff Artis-Gray won the prelims with a leap of 7.83m/25-8.25, while the top 12 finishers advanced to the NCAA Championships.
 
Junior Rob Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) placed 32nd in the discus with a heave of 49.64m/162-10. Stein, who has qualified for the East Prelims all three years as a RedHawk, entered the meet ranked 21st in the region with his throw of 55.79m/183-0, which ranks him third in school history. Last year, he fouled on all three attempts, but this year he improved on each of his three throws and finished 13th in flight two. He was fourth among the six MAC throwers in the 48-man field, while Kent State’s Reginald Jagers was the only one to finish in the top 12 and advance to the NCAA Championships. Rutgers’ James Plummer was first in the discus prelims with a toss of 61.27m/201-0.
 
Fellow junior Jahquil Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.) capped Miami’s day at the East Prelims as he equaled his seed by finishing 38th in the 400m dash first round, crossing in 47.44. He entered the meet ranked 38th out of 48 with his qualifying time of 47.23. The top 24 advanced to the 400m quarterfinals on Friday, with the top three in each of the six heats, along with the next six best times making the field. Mississippi State’s Daundre Barnaby had the top first round time of 45.47.
 
Sophomore Tyler Yee (Florida, N.Y.) is the lone RedHawk to compete on Friday at the East Prelims, as he throws the javelin at noon. He enters ranked 38th in the region and is one of five MAC throwers in the first round. He will throw in the first of three flights while the top 16 overall get three more throws in the final, before 12 move on to the NCAA Championships. Along with Eick running on Saturday, freshman Peter Stefanski (Aurora, Ill.) competes in the high jump at 6 p.m. as the seventh RedHawk at the NCAA prelims.
--MURedHawks.com--