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Keen Places Sixth in NCAA East Preliminary Round Heat

Senior Jamie Van Pelt competes in the men's hammer throw at 10:00 a.m.

May 24, 2012


Sophomore Jocelyn Keen concluded her sophomore season with her first visit to a post season meet as the Fuquay Varina, N.C., native, placed thirty-third overall in the 800m run in the NCAA East Preliminary Round held in Jacksonville, Fla., on the campus of the University of North Florida Thursday night.

Keen ran a 2:08.89 to finish sixth out of eight in her heat. LSU's Charlene Lipsey - the top-seeded runner in the heat - took first out of the group with her time of 2:06.42. Georgetown's Chelsea Cox (2:07.73), Jacksonville's Joane Pierre (2:07.99), Jordan Gray of Indiana (2:08.11) and Princeton's Kacie O'Neil (2:08.32) made up the top five.

Keen - the Southern Conference champion in the 800m - ran in seven finals races in outdoors, never finishing outside of the top ten. Keen placed in the top three six times, winning four. She set a personal best in the event on May 5 at the Bob Pollock Invitational - 2:07.68 - knocking three seconds off her conference championship time of 2:10.99.

Western Carolina's Jamie Van Pelt continues his quest for Des Moines, Iowa - site of the NCAA Outdoor Championships - Friday morning in the hammer. Van Pelt's heat begins at 10:00 a.m. Live results and a recap of Van Pelt's morning can be found at