GREENSBORO, N.C. - Clayton Parros and Cameron Overstreet will represent the University of North Carolina track and field team at the NCAA National Championships, held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., after qualifying at the East Preliminary on Friday evening.
After running a collegiate best 45.73 to move on to the quarterfinal on Thursday, Parros punched his ticket to the NCAA National Championships in the men's 400 as he won his heat and finished third overall in 46.60. This marks the fourth consecutive national championship semifinal Parros has advanced to in his career. He won All-America honors in the 400 as a freshman in 2010.
Overstreet earned her first NCAA National Championships berth as she placed 12th in the women's pole vault. She advanced in a jump-off at the 13-1 ½ (4.00 meters) height.
Competition at the NCAA East Preliminary continues on Saturday with Carolina seeing action at 5:30 p.m. from Tristine Johnson and Briana Hudson in the women's triple jump and Sarah Howard in the women's shot put. Lianne Farber will run in the quarterfinal of the women's 800 as she vies for her spot at the national championships at 6:30 p.m. John Raneri will run in the men's 5,000 semifinal at 8:45 p.m. The men's 4x400 relay will close out the NCAA first round as they run in the quarterfinal at 9:45 p.m.
The top twelve competitors from each event at the East Prelim will advance to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8. The NCAA will announce official competitors on Sunday, May 26 by 5 p.m.