Deacon 4x400 Men's Relay Team Qualifies For NCAA Championships
May 26, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
The Wake Forest track and field teams were in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday for the second and final day of competition from the NCAA East Regional Championships. The men's 4x400-meter relay team joined senior Michelle Sikes as automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
The top five finishers per event at the East Regionals automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on June 6-9 in Sacramento, Calif. After the automatic bids are established by the NCAA, the remaining field for the championships will be determined based upon the student-athlete's best mark of the season.
The men's 4x400m team of junior Michael Bingham, freshman Jonathan Reid, sophomore Phillip Warsaw and senior Eric Seely placed third overall in a time of 3:07.42 to earn the automatic berth. The time was the best of the season for the team, beating the previous best of 3:08.60 from the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 30.
The women's 4x400m team, consisting of juniors Michelle Duffey and Melissa Council and freshmen Alexandra Gove and Nicole Castronuova, placed 11th in 3:43.10.
Bingham, who entered the weekend ranked fifth in the nation in the 400-meter dash and with the sixth-fastest time in the nation (45.62), placed seventh in the finals of the event. He ran a time of 46.40 on Saturday to barely miss the automatic qualification that a fifth place result would have given him.
In the field events, senior Michael Hauck ended his collegiate career in the javelin with a 22nd place result in the event. The Brookline, Mass., native's first throw of 189-10 was his best of the afternoon but did not qualify him for the finals of the event.
The men's team completed the regional championships in 18th place with 11 points while the women finished 16th with 12 points.
Sikes was the sole individual Wake Forest competitor to automatically qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships. The Lakewood, Ohio, native will compete in both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Sacramento.