GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ On the opening day of the NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. on the campus of North Carolina A&T today (May 27), sophomore Becca Buchholtz of the Michigan State track & field team broke the school record in the high jump with a leap of 1.81m to tie for first in the event. With Buchholtz's first-place finish, she now advances to the NCAA Track & Field Nationals in June.
"I think that we have exceeded our seeding in most every instance today," said director of track & field and cross country Walt Drenth. "I like the way that everyone has competed so far. The heat today is just tremendous and has been a factor in all of the events. All-in-all, what we are doing sort of reflects who we are right now, so I can't complain if we are competing hard and doing our best."
Freshman Keenan Michael turned in a time of 51.29 to advance to the 400m hurdles quarterfinals to be held tomorrow (May 28). Michael placed second in heat two to automatically advance in the event in his regional debut.
Junior Erica Mann advanced to the Saturday's 100m dash quarterfinal after she placed third in heat three with a time of 11.69.
Also, advancing to quarterfinal action to be held on Saturday was freshman Josh McAlary. The Spartan freshman turned in a time of 3:48.39 in the fourth heat of the 1,500m run to place sixth in the race, and ninth overall in the event.
Junior Anthony Agrusa competed in the hammer throw for the Spartans. After entering the day ranked 43rd in the region, Agrusa far exceeded his ranking, placing 18th in the event with a toss of 58.61m.
After entering the regionals 48th in the 800m run sophomore Stephen Humes improved 18 places to finish 30th in the event with a time of 1:50.24.
"It is vital right now to see our student-athletes peaking at this time of the season during championship time. The fact that they are clearly at their best right now shows that the whole coaching staff is really doing a great job. The kids are certainly buying into what we are teaching, and deserve credit into the success that we have been seeing as of late from everyone," Drenth said.
Individuals who place in the top-12 in their respective event at their NCAA Regional advance to the NCAA Track & Field Nationals held in Eugene, Ore., on the campus of the University of Oregon June 8-12.
The Green and White will continue preliminary round action tomorrow (May 28) when action begins at 10 a.m. ET on the campus of North Carolina A&T.