NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day One Recap

Updated 6/7/2012
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Day One Results

Buffalo: Henry Sets School Record At NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, IA - Junior Asia Henry set a new school record in the 800 meters on Wednesday evening as she finished in 14th place at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, IA.

Henry finished in fourth place in her heat with a time of 2:04.65, setting a new school record that had stood since 2004.  Allison Laske, the last UB runner to head to nationals, held the record at 2:04.81 until tonight.  Charlene Libsey of LSU won the heat at 2:03.76. Overall, Chanelie Price of Tennessee finished at 2:01.66 to lead the field into Friday's National Final.  

Henry finished 14th of 24 runners, capping off a brilliant junior season that spanned both the indoor and outdoor seasons.  Today she set her seventh different school record of the year and now holds the 800 meter record both indoors and outdoors.

"I'm very happy for Asia and what she was able to accomplish this season especially after coming back from two knee surgeries last year," said head coach Perry Jenkins.  "This was a high a point of her season, but now that she has been here she expects to come back next year and be an All-American."

The Bulls will have one more competitor at the NCAA Championships on Saturday as Rob Golabek competes in the shot put.

Central Michigan: Kulidzan Competes at NCAA Nationals
Freshman Milica Kulidzan finished 23rd in the women's javelin with a mark of 140-08 at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday.

Kulidzan, one of just six freshmen competing in the 24 student-athlete field at Drake University, opened competition with a mark of 129-07. Her second throw traveled 117-05.

She turned things around with her final throw, recording her best mark of 140-08.

Wednesday's competition caps a remarkable opening season for the freshman from Windsor, Ontario. Not only was she the only NCAA Nationals qualifier for the women's team, she broke the javelin school record twice along the way and earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors.

Senior Ryan McCullough, the second Chippewa to qualify for the NCAA Nationals, will compete in the men's hammer throw at 3 p.m. EST Friday.

Eastern Michigan: Rawls Eliminated from NCAA Contention in Semifinals
Eastern Michigan University junior track and field athlete, Asia Rawls, competed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships Wednesday, June 6, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Rawls was the only member of the EMU women's track and field team to earn an invite to Drake University for this year's national event.

Rawls finished in 23rd place of the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:01.18, failing to qualify for the final round. Rawls finished in eighth place of the second heat, while the winner of the event was Turquoise Thompson of the Unviersity of California-Los Angeles.

The NCAA Division I Championships continue through Saturday, June 9, while the Eastern men's track and field team sent a pair of athletes, Terefe Ejigu and Donald Scott, who will compete Friday, June 8.

Kent State: Carlisle, Oczypok Wrap Up Seasons at NCAAs
Kent State women's javelin throwers C.J. Carlisle and Sara Oczypok concluded their competition seasons Wednesday at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Drake University.
Carlisle, a sophomore from Garrettsville, Ohio, threw 145' 5" on her third and final throw of the second flight of competition to finish 21st overall.
Oczypok, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., and the 2012 MAC champion in the women's javelin throw, posted a distance of 140' 4" on her final throw of the first flight to place 24th nationally.
Kent State has two student-athletes remaining in the national championship; Jacklyn Leppelmeier will compete in the women's hammer throw on Thursday before Penina Acayo wraps up with the triple jump on Saturday. 

Miami: Paterra Earns First-Team All-America in Javelin
For the first time since 2008, the Miami University women’s track and field team has an All-American as sophomore javelin thrower Tori Paterra garnered First-Team honors Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Drake University’s Drake Stadium.

Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.) finished seventh in the javelin with a season-best heave of 49.67m/162-11, which is the second-best throw in school history behind her school-record throw of 49.91m/163-9 from last year. She recorded her throw on her second attempt Wednesday as she was third in her flight and sat in sixth after both flights to advance to the finals, where she finished seventh. Paterra is just the second Miami thrower to collect All-America honors along with Nancy Denny in 1991 and 1992 and only the eighth RedHawk to ever be an All-American.

“Tori has been focusing on this meet ever since the disappointing third place at the MAC Championships. She’s been very focused the past few weeks and was chomping at the bit to get on the runway,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “I’m not sure what was more exciting, watching Tori throw so well or watching (throws coach) Stacey Wannemacher look like she was going to throw up the entire time. Stacey has really made a huge impact on these women her first year and it will be fun to see Tori and the rest of the throws group continue to develop over the next few years.”

Paterra, who won the MAC javelin title as a freshman, becomes the first RedHawk to garner First-Team All-America since Kristina Bolterstein did so in the high jump in 2008, when she placed eighth. Last year, Paterra received Honorable Mention All-America after taking 20th in the javelin at the NCAA Championships. The top eight finishers receive First-Team All-America accolades. She qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing fifth at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds May 24 with a toss of 47.34m/155-3.

Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman won the javelin with a throw of 56.27m/184-7. A total of four Mid-American Conference athletes qualified in the javelin for the NCAA Championships but Paterra was the lone representative to advance to the finals. The other three MAC athletes all took Honorable Mention All-America. By placing seventh in the final, Paterra picks up two points for Miami in the team standings, as the RedHawks sit tied for 16th after day one of the four-day NCAA Championships.

With Paterra being the lone RedHawk to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Miami’s 2012 track and field season in now complete.

Western Michigan: Campbell Falls Shy at NCAA Championships, Looks to Relay
Western Michigan's Iris Campbell fell short of advancing to the finals in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake University on Wednesday evening. 

Campbell finished sixth and her heat and 17th overall with a time of 58.81 seconds. To qualify for the finals she needed to finish either in the top two of her heat or with the two fastest remaining times after the top six qualifiers.

"Last year we came here and she had some difficulty," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "She comes here and runs under 59 seconds and she has only done that a handful of times in her career so I think she performed pretty well."

According to coach Lycan, Campbell did not close as well as she did when she had the ninth fastest time at the NCAA East Preliminary Quarterfinals.

"Technically she ran a clean race and didn't hit any hurdles," added Lycan. "She ran faster than a lot of great performers and to finish 17th in the country, that is pretty good. All-American doesn't come easy, that is elite company."

Although Campbell didn't advance she still competes as part of the 4x400 meter relay team tomorrow evening along with Andrea Arnold, Leya Munwam and Victoria Chatman. The relay squad is riding high after finishing seventh in the East Preliminary Quarterfinals ahead of the likes of Notre Dame, Penn State, Memphis, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Rutgers, Indiana, Mississippi and others. 

"If we can stay close in that lead pack I think we will be in the thick of it," explained Lycan. "We have some really good teams in our heat and we need to stay close to them at the beginning of the race we could run really fast."

WMU competes in the second heat against TCU, Arkansas, Illinois, Oregon, Ohio State, Georgetown and UCLA. To advance they must finish either first or second in their heat or with the next two fastest qualifying times.