Larsson Third In Javelin On Day 1 At NCAA East Preliminary
Emelie Larsson

May 25, 2012

Day 1 Results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - True freshman Emelie Larsson qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Kathy Klump advanced to the 800 meter quarterfinal on day one of the NCAA East Preliminary, Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Larsson was third in the javelin competition with a best toss of 48.48m (159-00), advancing her to the NCAA Championship final in Des Moines, Iowa in two weeks. She was surpassed by Penn State's Lauren Kennery (49.65m/162-10) and Vermont's Nika Ouellette (48.81m/160-01). Larsson has a top throw this season of 50.59m (166-00), which set UC's school record.

"We are very excited for Emelie," women's track and field head coach Susan Seaton said. "It's a huge acomplishment for a freshman and I'm looking forward to seeing her compete in Des Moines."

Klump grabbed the second overall seed in the final, running 2:05.09 to finish second in the third heat behind the No. 1 seed, Chanelle Price from Tennessee (2:04.32).

Klump will run in the second of three heats tomorrow. The top three from each quarterfinal Friday plus the next three best overall times will advance to Drake Stadium for the NCAA meet.

Michael Rutherford did not finish his heat in the 800 prelims, retiring from the race after 400 meters.

In the men's discus, Chris Littleton threw 53.89m (176-09) to place 13th, one spot away from an automatic qualifying slot for the NCAA Championships in Des Moines. Jake Haseman finished 43rd in the prelims, tallying a throw of 44.11m (144-08).

Frida Akerstrom took 35th in the women's shot put with a top mark of 14.45m (47-05) in the preliminary round.

Brian Zimmerman was 36th in the men's javelin with a best throw in the preliminaries of 58.05m (190-05). He did not advance to the final round.

Shanay Portis clocked a time of 11.88 in the preliminaries of the 100 meters, placing her 32nd overall. The top-27 times advance to the quarterfinals Saturday. Portis will run in the 200 meters tomorrow as well as run a leg on UC's 4x400 relay squad.

Friday's action will feature the men's 110 and women's 100 hurdles, quarterfinals for the 800 meters, the 200 meters, women's pole vault and women's discus.

Mary Bridges (discus), Michelle Eby (pole vault), Mackenzie Fields (pole vault), Danheisha Harding (100 hurdles), Klump (800 meters), Jessica Molyet (discus), Dailyn Moore (110 hurdles) and Portis (200 meters) are scheduled to compete.

Saturday will feature the quarterfinals for the 100 hurdles and 200 meters, the 4x400 relay, men's pole vault, and the men's shot put.