FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. ? After getting a pair of NCAA Championship qualifiers Friday, University of Akron senior Auston Papay (Sharon, Pa.) added his name to the list Saturday, placing fourth in the discus at the 2008 NCAA Mideast Regional Track & Field Championships. Also senior Cadeau Kelley (Cleveland/Marshall HS) broke his own school record in the triple jump.
Papay, who placed third in the discus at the 2006 and ?07 regionals, had a season-best throw of 184-4 (56.20) to earn his third berth to the NCAA Championships, held June 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa. Papay is coming off an indoor season which he earned All-American honors in the shot put.
Kelley, who qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump Friday, won his flight in the triple jump, but his leap of 50-8.25 (15.45) was only good enough for 10th overall. However, Kelley did break his own UA record in the event, bettering his previous record leap by one foot.
Sophomore Larisa Arcip was the Zips top track performer on day two. She nearly joined Large and Kelley in getting a berth to the NCAA Championships, placing seventh (with the top five getting automatic berths) in the 1500 with a time of 4:28.67.
In the women’s shot put, sophomore Allison Lawyer placed 21st with a distance of 47-2.50 (14.39). Although she qualified, Large, who won the hammer on Friday, did not compete in the shot put.
Freshman Mike Uhle, who won the 2008 Mid-American Conference Indoor and Outdoor pole vault titles, did not post a height in his first NCAA Regional appearance. Also in an inaugural appearance, freshman Cassie Schenck, the 2008 MAC steeplechase champion, placed 13th in the event at the regional with a time of 11:09.31.