Division I Championships News & Notes, Preliminary Rounds Day 1

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 28, 2010   

(photo credit: Alex Ryan, Arizona State)

A little late with the recap of day one of the national-championships weekend, but here it goes …

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News & Notes, Day 1

Whiting Extends His Own Collegiate-Leading Mark

Arizona State senior Ryan Whiting, once again, broke the 70-foot barrier in the shot put with his best-qualifying mark in the West. But, he took it one step further as he launched the shot to 21.83m (71-7½) and broke his own school record of 21.71m (71-2¾) that he throw at the 2010 Sun Angel Track Classic. Whiting also increased his season and career records for meets with a 70-foot or better throw as he tallied his seventh of the year and ninth in his career while moving back into second on the world lists with his mark.

Lowest National Seeds that will advance to Eugene:

93: Senior Elise Knutzen (Notre Dame) in the national semifinal of the women’s javelin (East) finished 12th with a season best of 148-4 (45.22). Knutzen entered the weekend with the 102nd-best mark in Division I with previous best set on May 14, 142-3 (43.37m).

86: Junior Tiana Davis (Louisiana Tech) in the national semifinal of the women’s long jump (East) qualified with jump of 20-5w (6.22mw) and bettered previous season best of 19-8¼w (6.00mw) that happened on May 12 at the WAC Championships.

83: Freshman Robert Rasnick (Tennessee) in the national semifinal of the men’s pole vault (East) qualified with clearance of 17-2¾ (5.25m). Previous season best of 16-7 (5.05m) happened on May 8 at the Tennessee Invitational.

83: Vernell Warren (Oregon) in the national semifinal of the men’s long jump (West) jumped to 24-10½ (7.58m), increasing his previous season best of 24-2½ (7.38m) to qualify.

Highest National Seeds NOT to advance to Eugene:

2: Cooper Thompson (USC) in the national semifinal of the men’s javelin (West), threw 207-2 (63.15m).

3: Stephanie James (San Diego State) in the national semifinal of the women’s pole vault (West), cleared 13-1½ (4.00m).

4: Lee Moore (Mississippi) in the national first round of the men’s 400-meter hurdles (East), DNF.

4: Kristine Busa (USC) in the national semifinal of the women’s javelin (West), 149-3 (45.51m).

5: April Sinkler (Clemson) in the national semifinal of the women’s high jump (East), out at 5-8½ (1.74m).