Nine Camels set to compete at NCAA East Regional

Nine Camels set to compete at NCAA East Regional

Men's Start List | Women's Start List | Campbell Event Schedule

BUIES CREEK, N.C. --
The Fighting Camels will have nine student-athletes competing at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round, hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The regional track & field action gets started Thursday, May 25 and runs through Saturday, May 27 at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track & Field Complex.

The top-12 finishers in each preliminary event will advance to the 2017 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon from June 7-10.

Recent Campbell graduate Lorne Jenkins will get the meet started for CU as he competes in Flight 3 of the men's long jump, slated for a 4:30 p.m. start on Thursday. The Longmont, Colo. native posted his qualifying mark at the 2017 Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, notching a personal-best 7.67m performance that ranked third in program history. It will be Jenkins' second-career appearance at the regional meet as he qualified in the triple jump and 4x100m relay last season.

Chigozie Atavwigho is set to make his NCAA Regionals debut as he represents Campbell in the first round of the men's 400m hurdles, starting Thursday at 5 p.m. The sophomore from East Lake, Fla. will run in Heat 5, Lane 4 as he looks to move on to the quarterfinal round. The top-three finishers in each heat, plus the next six fastest times will advance to the quarterfinals, set for approx. 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Atavwigho notched his regional qualifying mark at the Big South meet with a personal-best time of 52.22.

Sabina Allen, a two-time Big South Most Outstanding Women's Field Performer, will compete in Flight 2 of the women's long jump Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. The Campbell junior broke her own all-time Big South record at the conference championships with a jump of 6.22m to qualify for the regional meet.

Campbell will end Day One with the women's 10,000m as Joan Maritim is set to compete for CU. Earlier this season, the Kasok, Kenya native broke her own Campbell women's 10K program record at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 34:35.83 to qualify for the regional event.

Day Two of the NCAA East Prelims begins at 4:30 p.m. as Shenelle McKay competes in Flight Two of the women's high jump. The recent Campbell graduate will make her Regionals debut after posting her qualifying mark of 1.73m at the Aggie Last Chance Meet on Sunday, May 14.

Lilla Juhasz makes her third-straight appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the women's 100m hurdles, with the first round scheduled to begin Friday at 4:30. The Rabapaty, Hungary native will run in Heat 3, Lane 5 as she looks to advance to the quarterfinal round. The top-three finishers in each heat, plus the next six fastest times will move on to the quarterfinals, set for approx. 7:05 p.m. Saturday night. Juhasz recorded her regional qualifying mark of 13.56 at the Gamecock Invitational, placing seventh overall amongst a field of elite hurdlers.

Saturday's action begins at 6 p.m. as Davian Rhodes represents CU in Flight 1 of the men's high jump. The Campbell grad from Shelby, N.C. also notched his regional qualifying mark at the Aggie Last Chance Meet after clearing a season-best 2.09m. It will be his third-straight NCAA Regional appearance.

Allen will participate in her second event of the regional meet as she qualified in the women's triple jump, posting a season-best mark of 12.72m at the Campbell Open. The Spanish Town, Jamaica native will compete in Flight 1 of the event, also set for a 6 p.m. start Saturday evening.

Campbell's final event of the regional meet will be the men's 5K, where Amon Kemboi and Amon Terer will represent the Fighting Camels Saturday night at 8:45 p.m. Kemboi, the No. 4 overall seed, will compete in the first heat as he posted a program record mark of 13:47.77 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Terer is entered in the second heat of the event as he posted the seventh-fastest time in the region (13:50.25) at the Payton Jordan Invite.

Following the regional meet, any Campbell individual that places inside the top-12 of their respective event will advance to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, set for June 7-10 at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.