May 29, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Senior thrower Derek Peterson qualified for the NCAA Championships in the discus after he posted a toss of 174 feet, 4 inches to place 11th, while competing in the NCAA East Regional on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
Peterson fouled his first attempt in prelims, then launched his best effort (53.15-meters, 174-4) on his second attempt to lead his flight.
"I didn't really think this was going to happen," Peterson said. "I'm relieved to finally qualify after my first three years of not quite making it. Last year I missed finals at Regionals."
Peterson was in eighth overall after preliminary throws, but dropped to ninth in the fourth round, tenth in the fifth round, then eleventh in the final round.
"I'm very pleased that after a very consistent career that he's been able to get to the national level," said head coach John Copeland.
Earlier on Thursday, junior David Kennedy competed in the 400-meter dash of the East Regionals and clocked a time of 47.44 to finish 38th.
The NCAA championships will be held June 9-12 at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.