I picked up a couple of big hands in the first two levels, but never got much action on them. I picked up J♠ J♥ in the second level, but had to fold on an ace-high flop to multiway action.
With the structure of WSOP preliminary events the way it is, you generally need to chip up in the first two hours to have a comfortable stack going to the third level, $100/$200.
This is especially true in smaller-buy-in events, since you always start with twice the buy-in in starting chips ($4k for the $2k, etc.).
Unfortunately I was unable to do so on this particular day. I entered the $100/$200 level with just 2,500 chips.
After folding my big blind, Matt Stout: