Duncavage To Compete in NCAA T&F Championship Friday
June 4, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Junior Zack Duncavage (League City, Texas) will represent the Navy men's track and field program at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship at Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene. Duncavage will compete in the discus on Friday at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT. Friday's events, which include a number of running finals, will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 PM ET.
Duncavage earned a spot at the NCAA Championship by placing sixth at the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C. on May 23 with a throw of 184-9 (56.31m). The top-12 from Greensboro join the top-12 finishers from the NCAA West Regional for a 24-man discus field in Oregon. Duncavage enters the meet seeded 13th, based on season-best performances.
The 24 men will be split into two flights and each thrower will get three attempts. Duncavage is in the second flight. The top nine overall after the first three throws will advance to the finals and receive three additional attempts. The top eight placers will score team points and earn USTFCCCA All-America First-Team honors. Places nine through 16 will be named to the All-America Second Team.
Duncavage is making a second straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Last year in Des Moines, Iowa, Duncavage placed 16th with a mark of 173-6 (52.89m) to earn All-America Second-Team accolades. He advanced to the 2012 NCAA Championship by placing seventh at the NCAA East Regional.
The Houston area native is one of 11 returning discus throwers from last year's national championship field. Nebraska's Chad Wright, the 2012 discus champion, is seeded second. UCLA's Julian Wruck, the 2011 discus champion while at Texas Tech, is the top-seeded entry with his NCAA record mark of 223-7 (68.16m).
Duncavage has had a very successful spring season in the discus. He broke his own school record with a mark of 192-8 (58.74m) while winning the Patriot League discus title for the second straight year. Duncavage also won the discus at the Army-Navy Star Meet and earned IC4A All-East honors by placing fourth at the IC4A Outdoor Championship.
Duncavage's participation on Friday will mark the 37th season a Mid has competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championship. Last season Duncavage earned the track and field program's 45th All-America certificate (indoor or outdoor) and the first in the discus.