May 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Five of Army’s six qualifiers will travel to the First Round of the NCAA Track & Field Championships this week which are set to begin on Thursday at North Carolina A&T. The Black Knights have three runners and two throwers competing at Aggie Stadium in hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 5-8 at the University of Oregon.
Sophomore Clyde Wilson will kick things off on Thursday evening at 8:35 p.m. in the 800-meter run first round. Wilson is making his first NCAA Regional appearance after claiming the Patriot League Championship crown in the 800m with a finish of 1:49.81. The time ranks 35th among East Region declared runners. Should Wilson advance out of the field of 48, he will compete on Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the national quarterfinals.
Senior Kyler Martin will look to become Army’s second national semifinalist in the 110-meter hurdles in three years when his road begins on Friday at 5 p.m. Martin qualified for both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles but opted to just compete in the 110m. The Vacaville, Calif., native, who is competing at the NCAAs for the first time, clocked a time of 14.00 seconds at the IC4A Championships to rank 25th among his competitors. Should he advance out of the first round, Martin will run on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in the national quarterfinal.
Senior Mark Castelli rounds out Army’s qualifiers on the track as he will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase national quarterfinal on Friday at 9:30 p.m. Castelli is also making his first appearance on the national stage after recording a personal-best time of 9:00.25 at the Larry Ellis Invite to list 39th on the qualifying list.
Sophomore Jacob Drozd will be the Black Knights’ first field event representation when he competes in the javelin on Friday at 2 p.m. in the qualifying round. Drozd’s career-best throw of 67.93 meters came at the IC4A Championships and ranks 20th among Friday’s competitors. The Seymour, Conn., native is making his first trip to the NCAAs.
Senior tri-captain Nick Snoad rounds out the Army contingent as he will compete in Saturday’s hammer throw qualifier. Snoad’s throw of 62.80 meters at the Dick Shea Open ranks 14th among his competition this week. Snoad, who is making his second consecutive trip the NCAA First Round, will throw at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Senior Scott Geary finished the outdoor season ranked in the top 48 in two events, the hammer throw and the discus, but has chosen to participate in West Point’s graduation exercises instead of traveling to this week’s NCAA First Round. Snoad and Martin are expected to be commissioned on site, while Castelli will travel back to West Point following his race.
For more information on this week’s competition, visit North Carolina A&T’s Championship Central page by clicking HERE.