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Keen, Van Pelt Qualify for NCAA East Preliminary Round

Jocelyn Keen enters the NCAA East Preliminary as the No. 37 seed.

May 17, 2012


The NCAA released the qualifiers for the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary Round meet of the Division One Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held on the campus of the University of North Florida at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The meet is set to begin one week from today, May 24. Sophomore Jocelyn Keen and senior Jamie Van Pelt both qualified from Western Carolina, as Keen will participate in the 800-meter run while Van Pelt competes in the hammer.

Keen – the Southern Conference champion in the 800m – ran in seven finals races in the event in the 2012 outdoor season, 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. She enters the preliminary as the No. 37 seed out of 48.

Jamie Van Pelt won the hammer throw at the 2012 SoCon Championships with his school record-breaking throw of 193-0 (58.84m) which broke Phillip Johnson’s 13-year-old record of 183-8 set in 1999. The Tampa, Fla., native has competed in the hammer six times this season, with his lowest finish being ninth. His lone win in the event came at the SoCon Championships. Van Pelt is also the No. 37 seed for the hammer.

“It’s a great honor for both Jocelyn and Jamie to get selected,” said head coach Danny Williamson. “Both of these athletes have worked very hard this year and have earned the right to be a part of this process. We are looking for big things out of both of them because we feel like with both athletes, the best is yet to come.”

The first round of the 800m is set for Thursday evening at 8:35 p.m. with the semifinal to take place Friday at 7:15 p.m. for Keen to earn the opportunity to continue on to Des Moines, Iowa for the championship. The hammer is slated for 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. For live results, schedule of events and ticket information visit the track & field page of




2012 Results

Jocelyn Keen • So. • Fuquay Varina, N.C.

Date   Meet                                      Event    Finish         Time/Mark

3/15    49er Classic                         800m         2                   2:09.56

3/24    Catamount Classic             800m         1                   2:10.83

3/31    Mountains vs. Beaches      800m         1                   2:10.68

4/7       Tiger Classic                        800m         3                   2:08.82

4/22    SoCon Championships     800m        P                   2:09.46

4/22    SoCon Championships     800m         1                   2:10.99

5/5       Bob Pollock Invitational   800m         1                   2:07.68

5/12    Georgia Tech Invitational  800m         9                   2:08.26

PR: 800m-2:07.68


Jamie Van Pelt • Sr. • Tampa, Fla.

Date   Meet                                       Event         Finish   Time/Mark

3/17    49er Classic                          Hammer        4             54.99m

3/24    Catamount Classic              Hammer        6             51.62m

3/31    Mountains vs. Beaches       Hammer        3             55.06m

4/7       Tiger Classic                        Hammer        9             55.33m

4/22    SoCon Championships             Hammer        1           58.84m$

5/12    Clemson Tiger Qualifier     Hammer        4             57.66m

PR: Hammer-58.84m