NCAA National Championship Qualifier: Angelia Nugent (Triple Jump)
NCAA East Regional Qualifiers (3): Tamara Moore (100m Hurdles), Angelia Nugent (Triple Jump), Charlesha Lightbourne (200m)
School Records Broken: Angelia Nugent (Triple Jump — 13m, 40’ 9”)
CAA Most Outstanding Track Performer: Tamara Moore
CAA Individual Champions (3 Individuals in 4 Events): Tamara Moore (100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles), Angelia Nugent (Triple Jump), Katharine Showalter (3,000m Steeplechase)
All-CAA Participants (8 Individuals in 10 Events): Tamara Moore (100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, 4x400m), Katharine Showalter (Steeplechase, 1,500m), Angelia Nugent (Triple Jump), Leah Norman (400m Hurdles), Charlesha Lightbourne (100m, 4x400m), Chan Harris (High Jump), Gabby Brooks (Long Jump, 4x400m), Tatiana Colbert (4x400m)
CAA Weekly Honors (3): Charlesha Lightbourne (Women’s Track — March 20), Katharine Showalter (Women’s Track — April 2), Valentin Poncelet (Men’s Track — April 2)
ATLANTA — Following on the heels of a breakout 2011 season, the Georgia State track and field teams quietly put together another impressive year in 2012, setting a new precedent for consistency and success.
A year after winning their first-ever conference title, the women’s squad finished third in a closely contested CAA championship on May 4-5 in Fairfax, Va.
With 122 points, the GSU women’s squad fell only 4.5 points behind runner-up VCU and 10 behind the CAA champions James Madison. This spread represents the smallest margin between the top three teams at any conference meet in the nation in 2012.
The point total was also the second highest recorded by a GSU track and field team, behind only the 133 points scored last year during the CAA title run. This season marks the fifth time that the Panthers have finished third in a conference meet.
Georgia State was led by three individual CAA champions in four events in Tamara Moore (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Katharine Showalter (3,000m steeplechase) and Angelia Nugent (triple jump). All told, nine individuals and one relay team earned All-CAA honors for finishing in the top three in their events.
The reigning CAA Rookie of the Year, Moore was named the CAA Most Outstanding Track Performer at the CAA meet after winning both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Nugent captured her second CAA title in the triple jump a year after winning both the triple and long jumps.
Nugent is now one of just three Panthers to become a four-time individual conference champion, winning in the triple jump, long jump and 4x400m relay over two years. Moore becomes one of five GSU student-athletes to have won three conference titles, doing so in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles.
Moore, Nugent and Charlesha Lightbourne were the three representatives for GSU at the 2012 NCAA East Regional meet in Jacksonville, Fla. on May 24-26. Moore qualified for the quarterfinals of the 100m hurdles and Lightbourne competed in the 200m dash.
Nugent advanced to the NCAA National Championship in the triple jump after breaking her own school record with a leap of 13m (42’ 8”). The trip to the national meet was her second in as many years, making her only the third Panther track and field athlete with multiple national championship appearances.
A year after finishing 19th at the NCAA national meet, Nugent was injured in her first attempt and withdrew from competition.
A native of Paterson, N.J., Nugent concluded her four-year career as one of the most successful track and field performers in GSU history. Her accolades include being a six-time All-CAA competitor, four-time conference champion and a school record holder.
Showalter cruised to a conference victory in the steeplechase, a year after finishing second in the event. The junior also finished second in the 1,500m to score a total of 18 points for her squad. During the season, Showalter won the steeplechase at five meets and earned CAA Runner of the Week honors on April 3.
At the CAA meet, four individuals, including Showalter, scored a total of 18 points for the Panthers in the steeplechase. In the women’s long jump, four more Panthers combined to score 15 points, with Gabby Brooks leading the charge with a third-place finish.
Moore, Lightbourne and Brooks earned additional All-CAA distinctions as part of the third-place 4x400m relay team, along with teammate Tatiana Colbert.
Lightbourne combined for nine top-10 finishes in sprint events over the season, including a third-place finish in the 100m at the conference championships. The Crown Haven, Bahamas native was named the CAA Runner of the Week on March 20.
Cross Country stand-out Valentin Poncelet placed fifth in the 5,000m for the men’s team at the CAA championships. The native of Lillois Belgium won the 5,000m race in two meets during the season and the 1,500m race at another and earned CAA Runner of the Week honors on April 3.
Kacey Rollins also earned a fifth-place finish at the conference meet in the 110m hurdles. The sophomore compiled five top 10 finishes in hurdle events over the 2012 season.
Senior Chris Harper finished his career as a Panther with a sixth-place finish in the 1,500m at the CAA meet while sprinter Chris Miles crossed the finish line seventh in the 100m dash for Georgia State.
Wrap-up Combined Notes
Twelve seniors (nine for the women and three for the men) concluded their time at Georgia State during the 2012 season. But a strong class of juniors, including Moore, Showalter, Norman and Brooks, will return next season as they look to continue the success experienced this season.
The GSU track and field student-athletes earned 42 academic honors over the fall and spring semesters. Ten indiviudals were named to the President’s List over both semesters, 17 made the Dean’s List and 15 were placed on the AD’s Honor Roll.
Redshirt junior Kelsey Spinks was awarded the Brude LaBudde Sportsmanship Award at the 2012 GSU Blue Carpet awards. The award is named for former GSU cross country coach Bruce LaBudde. Sophomore Anna Sinclair was named to the GSU All-Academic team at the banquet.
The 2012 season for the Georgia State track and field team was the first under interim head coach Chris England and assistant coach Amy Henry. England has served as the head cross country coach and distance coach since 2010.