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14 Members of Men's Track & Field Qualify for NCAA East Regionals

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 05/16/2013
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PRINCETON, N.J. (5/17/12) - Fourteen members of the Princeton men's track & field team will participate in the 2013 NCAA East Regional it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday, May 16. The East Regional will be held in Greensboro, N.C., on the campus of the North Carolina A&T on May 23-25.

Junior Tom Hopkins will run in the 400 for the third time. The first round of the 400 is slated for 7:45p.m., on Thursday, May 23. The top three from each of six heats plus the next nine fastest times will advance to the quarterfinal round on Friday at 6:15 p.m. His time of 46.66 at last week's IC4A qualified him for the Regional.

Senior Austin Hollimon qualified in the 400 hurdles, an event he competed in at the U.S. Olympic Trials last year. Hollimon ran a season-best 52.01 at Heps. Hollimon has previously qualified in the 200, 400 and 4x400. A two-time All-America in the relays, Hollimon ran the second leg of the national championship DMR. the first round is on Thrusday at 5 p.m., with the top three from each heat plus the next nine fastest times advance to the quarterfinals on Friday.

Three Tigers qualified for the 800. The first round of the 800 is at 8:35p.m., on Thursday with the top three from each of six heats plus the next nine fastest times advancing to the quarterfinals on Friday. Senior Russell Dinkins boasts the ninth-best time in the region at 1:48.24 from Heps. He has qualified for the outdoor regionals every year of his career across three events the 400, 800 and 4x400 relay. A three-time All-America, Dinkins finished 19th in the NCAAs in this event in 2011 and won the national championship in the DMR this past indoor season.

Sophomore Bradley Paternostro is making his NCAA regional debut as he qualified with a 1:49.20 run at Heps. For the second consecutive season, junior Michael Williams has qualified in the 800. He brings a time of 1:50.24 from the IC4A.

Dinkins, Hollimon, Hopkins and sophomore Daniel McCord qualified in the 4x400 relay. They ran a 3:06.26 at the Penn Relays, which ranks them ninth in the region. The quarterfinal will be the final track event of the regional on Saturday at 9:45 p.m. The top 3 from each of three heats plus the next three fastest times will move on to Eugene. Princeton's 2011 4x400 finished 12th nationally and was composed of Hopkins, Hollimon, Dinkins and Mike Eddy '11.

Sophomore Connor Martin is making a return to the steeplechase. He qualified with an 8:59.50 run at Heps. The first round of the 1500 is set for 5:30 p.m., on Thursday. The top three from each of four heats plus the next three fastest times advance to the championship.

Junior Chris Bendtsen and senior Michael Franklin both qualified for the 5,000 and 10,000. The semifinal of the 5k is Saturday at 8:45 p.m. The top five from each of two heat plus the next two fastest times will advance to the final in Eugene.The semifinal of the 10k is Thursday at 9:40 p.m. The top 12 will advance to the final in Eugene, Ore.

Bendtsen has raced the 5k in each of the last two regionals, but this will be his first time in the 10k. He ran a season-best 13:57.46 in the 5k and 29:32.15 in the 10k. Franklin won both of these events at Heps. He qualified last year for the regional 5k.

Joining the pair in the 5k is sophomore Sam Pons, who is making his NCAA track debut. He ran in the NCAA Cross Country Championship in 2011. Pons qualified with a 14:14.55 from Heps.

The duo will be joined by juniors Tyler Udland and Alejandro Arroyo Yamin in the 10k. Udland qualified in the event last year as well and did so this year with a time of 29:44.86 from the Sam Howell Invitational. Arroyo Yamin ran the 10k just once this year, at Heps, and qualified with a 29:47.66. He has qualified for the regionals every year in his career, with the 5k in 2011 and the 10k in 2012.

Junior Damon McLean and sophomore Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi both qualified in the triple jump. McLean was an All-America in this event last year finishing eighth at the NCAAs. This past winter he captured second-team All-America honors after placing 13th in the event. Owusu-Nyantekyi makes his NCAA debut. The triple jump starts at 1 p.m., on Saturday with the top 12 advancing to the championship in Eugene.


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