2008 NCAA East Regional
Track & Field Championship
Mike Long Track
May 30-31, 2008
Day One Notes
FIRST ONE HERE RUSS
The first competitor to earn their spot in NCAA Championships was Virginia’s Amy Bilmanis. She was the winner of the women’s discus with a top throw of 53.49m/175-06.
HOW HIGH CAN YOU GO?
For the second year in a row, the East Regional high jump record was equaled. This year, a pair of competitors tied the standard of 2.19m/7-2.25. Princeton’s Justin Frick, who won the event based on the number of misses, cleared the height on his first attempt. Donte’ Nall of North Carolina got over the bar on his final attempt. Both competitors missed all three jumps at 2.22m, but since Frick cleared 2.19m on his first attempt, he was deemed the winner. Florida’s Mike Morrison originally set the record in 2005 and then Ryan Fritz of Penn State tied the mark last year.
CATAMOUNT’S SET NEW SCHOOL RECORD
In running the top time during the prelims of the men’s 4x100m relay, the Western Carolina quartet set the school record. The team of Christian Bethune, Zeb Johnson, Dominique Young and Manteo Mitchell ran a time of 39.64. Earlier in the year, that same foursome twice ran a time of 39.64 to equal the school mark.
HOKIES GET A TRIO THROUGH TO NATIONALS
Virginia Tech sent two field competitors and a runner through to the NCAA meet on the first day of the regional competition. Senior Justin Clickett won the men’s shot put with a top throw of 18.91m/62-00.50. In the final women’s event of the day, Tasmin Fanning won the 5,000m run in 16:11.42.
Joining them in Des Moines, Iowa, in two weeks will be Erin Mahony from the women’s squad. She cleared a height of 4.06m/13-03.75 in the pole vault on her first attempt to win the event. Her teammate Kelly Phillips and Denis VonEynatten of South Florida also cleared the height, but did so on their last attempt. Mahony, the 2007 champion in the event, joined Florida State’s Lacey Janson as a two-time champion in the event.
ALL HAIL THE QUEEN
The first record to be broken during this weekend’s competition was the women’s 100m hurdle mark. Sophomore Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech ran a time of 12.86 to break the mark set last season. She took down the time of 12.91 set by teammate Kristi Castlin last season. Castlin finished sixth during the prelims with a time of 13.47.
ROOKIE WINS WOMEN’S JAVELIN IN RECORD FASHION
Freshman champions are rare in the East Regional – there have only been five females coming into this year – but Penn State’s Karlee McQuillen is the newest member of that group. All she did in her first regional meet was win the javelin competition with a new meet record of 53.60m/175-10. She is just the first freshman to win a field event since Krista Woodward of Georgia took the javelin and Tanika Brown from Virginia Commonwealth won the high jump in 2003. She is the sixth freshman overall to win an event on the women’s side.
HOMETOWN JUMPER BREAKS LONG JUMP RECORD ON HIS WAY TO CHAMPIONSHIP
Don’t tell Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha that being on his home runway doesn’t make a difference. The rookie won his first regional title in his first meet. Not only did he win the event, but he did it in style, breaking the meet record with a top leap of 7.93m/26-00.25 He took down the old mark of 7.87 by South Carolina’s Tony Allmonds set in 2004.
WOMEN’S 200M SHAPING UP FOR A FAST FINAL
Perhaps the fastest event of the day was the women’s 200m dash. The top four competitors all were under the regional record of 22.61 set by South Carolina’s Natasha Hastings last year. Coming out on top was Florida’s Natalie Knight with prelim-best time of 23.29.
DIX MAKES IT TO THE FINALS IN THE 100M AND 200M
While there were great competitors in every event, all eyes on Friday were focused on Florida State sprinter Walter Dix. The seven-time NCAA Champion had been hampered with an injured left hamstring during the outdoor season and had only run three races leading up to the regional meet. He ran the third-fastest 100m time, crossing the line in 10.21. An hour later he won his heat and finish third overall behind teammates Charles Clark (20.55) and Michael Ray Garvin (20.73) in the 200m
FRIDAY’S ATTENDANCE: 1,035 tickets distributed