Lincoln Earns Second Consecutive Trip to NCAA Championships
May 24, 2012
By Currie McFayden, WakeForestSports.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ben Lincoln advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships for the second consecutive year in the javelin throw with a strong performance in the East Regional at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday afternoon.
Lincoln, the school record holder in the event who hails from Hingham, Mass., logged a toss of 220-0 (67.06m) to finish in 10th place. Each of the top 12 finishers advanced to the Division I Championship which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m. CST.
The junior has established the school record for the Deacons on three separate occasions, twice besting his own mark. His first claim to the record came on April 1, 2011, at the Tiger Track Classic, when his throw of 230-11 (70.38m) toppled Thomas Sensing from the top of the Wake Forest charts.
He followed that with record-breaking performances this season with tosses of 234-3 (71.39m) at the Wake Forest Open and the current school record of 240-3 (73.22m) at the ACC Championships en route to clinching his third consecutive All-ACC honors.
In 2011, Lincoln managed a throw of 217-3 (66.21m) in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, good for 21st overall.
Alexander Rose also competed for Wake Forest on Thursday in the preliminary heats of the 1,500m run. Rose, whose time of 3:45.89 at the Wolfpack Qualifer on May 13 was the third-fastest of any Deacon in the last decade, just narrowly missed qualifying for Saturday's finals. His time of 3:49.99 was good for 26th place and was more than a second faster than his time at the regional in 2011.
While two of Wake Forest's three representatives competed on Thursday, senior Paul Loeser will not take to the track until Friday evening at approximately 8:50 p.m. for the 3,000m steeplechase. Loeser, who earned the first All-ACC honors of his career in April, will be making his second straight appearance in an NCAA Regional after placing 38th overall with a time of 9:14.18 in 2011.
A full recap of Loeser's performance will be provided following the completion of the event on Friday evening.