GREENSBORO, NC - Senior Marion Joly-Testault, junior Kirsten Stewart and sophomore Andrew Kowalsky competed in the first day of the 2013 NCAA Championship East Preliminary Rounds at North Carolina A&T.
Stewart finished sixth in her heat in the 1500-meter preliminary round. Her time of 4:20.95 was a personal best and allowed her to advance to Saturday's quarterfinal round. Overall, Stewart was 24th in the 48th runner, four heat preliminary round. The top time in the preliminaries came from Florida junior Cory McGee (4:17.39).
The top five runners from each heat plus the next four best times advanced to Saturday. In order to move on to the semifinal round in Eugene, OR, Stewart must finish in the top five in her heat or earn one of the next two best times.
Joly-Testault completed her illustrious Iona career finishing 35th overall in the 10,000-meter semifinal. She finished with a time of 36:00.98. The top 12 finishers in the 45 runner race field advanced to the NCAA Championship in Eugene.
In the final event of the day and while fighting a driving rain storm, Kowalsky finished 42nd in the men's 10k semifinal. He finished with a time of 30:59.61 after overcoming a lost spike with 11 laps to go.
The Gaels continue action at North Carolina A&T tomorrow night when senior Matt Bayley and sophomore Regina Neumeyer compete in their sections of the 3,000-meter steeple chase quarterfinal. Neumeyer's race kicks off at 8:50 pm while Bayley starts at 9:30 pm.
2013 NCAA Championship East Preliminaries
Greensboro, NC - North Carolina A&T
May 23, 2013
1500 prelim: Kirsten Stewart, 24th (6th in heat), 4:20.95. 10k semis: Marion Joly-Testault, 35th, 36:00.98. 10k semis: Andrew Kowalsky, 42nd, 30:59.61.