Hudson Punches Ticket to NCAA Outdoor Championships
May 23, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Cameron Hudson turned in an impressive performance in the men's long jump on the first day of competition at the NCAA East Regional. His 12th-place finish secures the freshman a spot at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., at the beginning of June.
Hudson recorded a mark of 7.35m (24-01.50) in the preliminary round of the men's long jump for a 12th-place finish in the event. Of the four seeded flights, the top 16 finishers advance to the semifinals of the NCAA East Regional, while the top 12 placers earn a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
"We are very proud of Cameron Hudson's performance today in the long jump," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "He performed like a seasoned upperclassmen today, even though he is only a freshman. One of Cameron's strengths is that he is a great competitor and performs very well in pressure situations. We are now hoping that he will have some teammates joining him [in Eugene, Ore.]. We feel really good about the next two days."
Senior Quinton Harley, who competed in the men's 400-meter hurdles, recorded a qualifying time of 52.35 in the event as he finished 18th. In the preliminary round of the men's 400-meter hurdles, there are six heats and the top three from each heat plus the next six times advance to the semifinals. With a top 20 finish, Harley will be competing Friday, May 24, in the semifinals at 7:45 p.m.
On the women's side, senior Tiffany Harris advanced to the semifinals in the women's 400-meter dash after posting a qualifying time of 53.86 for 24th place. The women's 400-meter dash includes six heats and the top three from each heat, plus the next six times, advance to the semifinals which will be held Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m. Harris will also be competing in the women's 200-meter dash on Friday at 8 p.m.
Sophomore Kayla Padgett rounded out the quartet of Pirates who competed on the first day of the NCAA East Regional. The Shallotte, N.C., native notched a mark of 46.47m (152-05.00) and placed 25th in the women's discus throw. Padgett will compete Friday, May 24, in the women's hammer throw at 10 a.m., and will take the field again on Saturday, May 25, in the women's shot put at 5:30 p.m.
Also competing Friday, May 24, is senior Erin Tucker who will run in the women's 100-meter hurdles at 5 p.m.