Seven Women's Track & Field Athletes Selected to NCAA East Regional
PRINCETON, N.J. (5/17/12) - Seven members of the Princeton women's track & field team will participate in the 2012 NCAA East Regional it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday, May 17. The East Regional will be held in Jacksonville, Fla., on the campus of the University of North Florida on May 24-26.
Sophomore Kacie O'Neil will compete in the NCAAs for the first time in her career, racing in the 800. O'Neil qualified after running a personal best time of 2:08.52 at Heps. Two rounds will be held in the 800, the first round and the quarterfinal. The top three from each of six heats plus the next nine fastest move on to the quarterfinals. The first round is is scheduled for 8:35 p.m., on Thursday, May 24.
A trio of juniors will compete in the 1500. They include Greta Feldman, Molly Higgins and Alexis Mikaelian. Feldman and Mikaelian both competed in the event last year. Feldman qualified with a time of 4:18.86 from the Larry Ellis Invitational to rank in the top-15 regionally. Higgins ran her top time at Larry Ellis at 4:24.24 and Mikaelian ran 4:24.46 last week at ECACs to qualify. Like the 800 there will be a first round and a quarterfinal round. The top five from each of four heats plus the next four fastest times from the first round will advance to the quarterfinals. The first round of the 1500 is scheduled for 6 p.m., on Thursday.
Junior Abby Levene will tackle the 10,000 after posting a time of 35:32.64 at the Sam Howell Invitational. This is her first NCAA track appearance, although she ran in the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2010. The 10k will be the final event on Thursday at 9:40 p.m., with the top 12 advancing.
Six-time Ivy League pole vault champion junior Tory Worthen will compete for the third consecutive year. She cleared 3.91 meters at Heps to qualify. Classmate Lauren Tauscher also qualified for the first time in her career. She qualified by clearing 3.85 meters twice this season. The first round is at 11 a.m., on Friday with the top 12 advancing to the championships in Des Moines, Iowa.