Women's Track: Williams, Rotilio Qualify

By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
May 27, 2011 06:29 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Seniors Katelyn Williams and April Rotilio placed in the top 12 of their receptive events and advanced to the national championships, today, at the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor East Regional Championships, in Bloomington, Ind.

Williams, a Chesterland, Ohio, native, placed ninth in the high jump, while Rotilio, a native of Bellaire, Ohio, finished 10th in the 400-meter quarterfinals.

“Today is another near-perfect day for these student-athletes,” says coach Sean Cleary. “Katelyn is thrilled to be going back to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year, while April, in her final shot at qualifying individually for the NCAA finals, performed without flaw. I’m so excited for Katelyn and April, two great leaders now competing together in the national championships.”

After two days at the regional championships, the Mountaineers have qualified six student-athletes for the NCAA Championships, including senior Chelsea Carrier’s prior qualification in the heptathlon.

Williams, the BIG EAST runner-up, cleared 1.78 meters today and finished ninth overall, third in her flight. Sophomore Sydney Cummings also competed in the event today and placed 18th overall, clearing a personal-best 1.75 meters.

“Katelyn’s outdoor season has seen her compete in the peak of her mental and physical career,” Cleary says. “She now has two weeks to find a way over one more bar to bring home an All-America honor.

“Sydney will leave this meet knowing exactly what is required to find herself in the national championships. I have faith that she should make the decision to be in the national finals in 2012, and she will accomplish this feat.”

Rotilio, the BIG EAST 400-meter champion, ran a faster race today than yesterday, as she placed 10th with a time of 53.31. She finished with a time of 54.4 in the first round.

Carrier and sophomore Chené Townsend moved one step closer to the 100-meter hurdles national final, as they each qualified for tomorrow’s quarterfinal. Carrier, the BIG EAST champion, finished third overall with a time of 13.27, while sophomore Townsend placed 20th with a time of 13.77.

The duo will run in the quarterfinals tomorrow, with 12 tickets to the NCAA Championships up for grabs.

“Both Chelsea and Chené looked great in their heats today,” says Cleary. “I think both are well prepared for tomorrow’s finals.”

The regional championships will conclude tomorrow. Senior Keri Bland will join Carrier and Townsend in competition, as she will race in the 1,500-meter quarterfinals.

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