South Jersey will be sending quite a contingent of runners, jumpers and throwers to the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
Seventeen athletes – 10 women, seven men – from 17 different high schools are on their way to the NCAA Eastern and Western Preliminary Meets, scheduled for this weekend. The Preliminary rounds are considered the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships.
Fourteen of the 17 South Jersey athletes are headed to the East Preliminary round at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville, and the three others will compete in the West Preliminary at Texas A&M in College Station. Both meets run Wednesday through Saturday.
Seven of the 17 are from Atlantic County, three each from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester County and one from Salem County. The S.J. contingent includes seven freshmen, one sophomore, five juniors and four seniors.
Four of the 17 throw the javelin and two will run the 400. The 11 others will be competing in 11 different events.
The only NCAA events not covered by South Jersey entrants are the 5,000, 10,000, steeplechase, high jump, pole vault and multis.
The top 48 individuals in each event in the East Region and the top 48 in the West
Region will be competing this weekend. The top 24 placers in each of the two regionals advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.
Here’s a rundown of the South Jersey contingent headed to NCAA prelims along with their seed number.
400-Meter Dash: Brandon Outlaw [Moorestown], Jr., Virginia, 46.13, #20 East
800-Meter Run: Gabriel Moronta [Pleasantville], Fr., Mississippi State, 1:49.33, #37 East
110-Meter Hurdles: Sincere Rhea [St. Augustine], Fr., Penn State, 13.89, #25 East
Long Jump: Zach Manorowitz [Woodstown], Fr., Rider, 24-4 3/4, #37 East
Shot Put: Lucciano Pizarro [Cherokee], Fr., Penn State, 61-1 1/2, #21 East
Discus: Adam Hunt [Collingswood], Jr., Rutgers, 180-1, #27 East
Javelin: Cade Antonucci [Holy Spirit], Sr., Auburn, 241-0, #9 East
100-Meter Dash: Bria Mack [Williamstown], Sr., Maryland, 11.61, #45 East
200-Meter Dash: Shakira Dancy [Winslow Twp.], Jr., Michigan State, 23.69, #39 East
400-Meter Dash: Kiara Lester [Deptford], Sr., Texas Tech, 53.90, #46 West
1500-Meter Run: Kristin Siegle [Buena], Sr., Rider, 4:22.79, #48 East
400-Meter Hurdles: Jewel Ash [Eastern], Fr., Charleston Southern, 59.50, #34 East
Triple Jump: Claudine Smith [Atlantic City], Fr., Rutgers, 40-11 3/4, #47 East
Javelin: Danielle Steff [Rancocas Valley], Jr., Monmouth, 166-6, #17 East
Javelin: Alexa Gardner [Hammonton], So., Rutgers, 154-3, #40 East
Javelin: Brielle Smith [Oakcrest], Fr., Stanford, 157-5, #37 West
Hammer Throw: Elisia Lancaster [Delsea], Jr., Southern Illinois, 207-11, #19 West
Links to all qualifiers can be found here. Links to live results will also be on that page once the two meets begin on Wednesday.