May 16, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The NCAA released the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary Round meet of the Division One Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held on the campus of the North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. The meet is set to begin one week from today, May 23. Freshman Tayla Carter along with Junior Jocelyn Keen for the women and senior Brandon Hairston each qualified from Western Carolina.
Carter will be participating in the 100m and 200m while Keen earned a spot in the 800m. Hairston just made the cut in the 400m as the 48th pick with a time of 47.40.
"This is very exciting for these three athletes to be accepted into the NCAA East Preliminary Round," said Head Track and Field Coach Danny Williamson. "It's an honor and shows that their hard work has paid off."
Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year Carter won both the 100m and 200m in the SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In the NCAA East Regional, Carter ranks 22nd in the 100m with a time of 11:52 and 29th in the 200m clocking in a mark of 23.70. Cater also placed sixth at the prestigious Penn Relays in the 100m with a time of 11.63.
Keen is making her second consecutive appearance in the NCAA East Regional in the 800m. She won the 800m at the SoCon Outdoor Championships with a time of 2:08.31 earning her all-conference honors. She ranks 23rd on the NCAA East Regional list with a time of 2:06.46. In the 2012 NCAA East Regional, Keen placed sixth in her heat in the 800m with a time of 2:08.89.
Hairston makes the NCAA East Regional list as the 48th participant in the 400m with a time of 47.40. This is also the second time Hairston has competed in the NCAA East Regional Championships. In 2011 Hairston competed in the 200m placing 33rd overall with a time of 21.68.
The top 12 finishers in each event receive a bid into the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships held in Eugene, Oregon June 5-8.