ASU's Nelvis and Williams advance to NCAA National Outdoor Track Championships

From Arkansas State University

Two Arkansas State University track and field athletes, Sharika Nelvis and Solomon Williams, capped off a productive third and final day of competition this Saturday (May 25) at the2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships by recording NCAA Championships qualifiying performances.

The 2013 NCAA Championships will take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., at the legendary Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Sharika Nelvis earned a second straight trip to NCAA Outdoor Nationals with her a first-place tying finish in the opening semifinal 100-meter hurdles heat, which was conducted at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. Nelvis, the 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Outdoor Championships' Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer, produced a wind-best 13.06 time to tie UCLA's Brea Buchanan for the West Prelims' fastest time. The A-State junior and 2013 All-SBC First-Team athlete claimed a spot as one of the topthree finishers in a semifinal heat to qualify for nationals as did the hurdlers clocking the next three best times.

Solomon Williams, a senior, joins Nelvis as a national meet qualifier after generating a 13.80 time in the 110-meter hurdle semifinals to receive fifth-place honors. Williams, who was recognized as the 2013 SBC Championships' Most Outstanding Men's Field Performer and claimed All-SBC First-Team laurels, narrowly missed matching his personal record time of 13.78 set at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminaries (5/24) in Eugene, Ore.

The two along with senior pole vaulter Stephanie Foreman will represent the Red Wolves at the 2013 NCAA Championship Meet. Foreman punched her ticket to nationals with a first-place tying 13-05.81/4.11m performance in Friday's (May 24) action.

"I thought we had a great day today and I'm proud of how wecompeted," said A-State head coach Jim Patchell. "Sharika (Nelvis) tied for West Regional champion honors in the hurdles and ran her fastest wind legal time. I was thrilled for Solomon (Williams) as he ran a great hurdles race and qualified for the championships for the first time. It's his senior year so that makes it a little sweeter for him."

Arkansas State was represented in the men's hammer throw by junior Chris Nicasio, who had a toss of 202-09.46/61.81m in the third flight of the premilinaries to place 13th and would go on to finish the event in 16th place overall. Nicasio came up four places shy of being among the top 12 individuals with the best hammer throw distances to earn a trip to Eugene. The men's hammer throw was originally scheduled for Friday (May 24), but severe storms and wet conditions forced the postponement of the field eventuntil this Saturday (May 25) morning.

"Chris (Nicasio) made the finals in the hammer, but just missed moving on to nationals. However, he did improve his ranking from lastyear," said Patchell. In the 2012 regional meet, Nicasio was 16th in the hammer throw's third flight and ended up 42nd overallwith a throw of 183-02.42/55.84m.
Joey Meyer was unsuccessful in his bid to reach nationals as the junior sprinter took seventh place in the 200-meter's third semifinal heat with a 21.33 time. Meyer's effort would represent the running event's 19th fastest time overall at the 2013 West Prelims.

In the women's triple jump, senior Jamie Curry came out short in making an appearance in the national meet as she jumped a distance of 39-02.50/11.95m in the preliminaries' second flight for eighth place. Curry wasn't among the top 12-place finishers as she would garner 39th place overall.

2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Eugene, Oregon – June 5-8
Arkansas State's National Qualifiers
Pole Vault: Stephanie Foreman
100-Meter Hurdles: Sharika Nelvis
110-Meter Hurdles: Solomon Williams