Watkins Qualifies for NCAA Championships in Discus
May 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Redshirt sophomore SeQuoia Watkins set a new NC State school-record in the women's discus with a throw of 180'4" (54.98m) at the NCAA East Regional on Friday to finish in sixth-place overall and qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Watkins, who broke her previous record-setting mark of 180'3" from earlier this year, becomes the second member of the Wolfpack track and field team to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships. She will join Jonathan Addison - who finished third in the men's long jump Thursday - on the trip to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the championships set for June 11-14.
Moreover, this gives Watkins back-to-back trips to the NCAA Championships as she was a qualifier in discus last year.
Along with Watkins, NC State had seven other student-athletes taking part in five events on Friday. The Wolfpack was one of just three schools (Navy, Western Kentucky) who had at least three athletes participate in women's discus.
Alexis Perry came up just short of qualifying for Saturday's quarterfinals in the women's 100m hurdles, finishing 29th in the preliminary round with a time of 13.66.
Kenyetta Iyevbele, who qualified on Thursday for today's quarterfinal round in the women's 800m, finished in 20th place in the race with a result of 2:10.72.
Elizabeth Shuman, competing in her final event at NC State, finished in 41st place in the women's high jump with a leap of 5'05.75" (1.67m).
Andrew Colley (men's 5,000m), Erika Kemp (women's 5,000m), Nathaniel Williams (men's discus), Ryanna Henderson women's 800m quarterfinals), Graham Crawford (men's 1,500m quarterfinals and men's 5,000m), Matt Sonnefeldt (men's 5,000m), Addison (high jump), and Taylor (women's shot put), will compete for the Wolfpack tomorrow on the final day of competition.
Men's discus kicks things off at noon, with the majority of events set for the late afternoon and evening.