NCAA D1 Championships – Day Two Notes
EUGENE, Ore. – The sun has set on Day 2 of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, with a number of historic happenings including a new collegiate hurdles record and a freshman champion in the decathlon.
The following notes have been provided by the sports information/athletic communications/media relations departments from around the country.
A total of six men scored more than 8000 points, which is the most at a single collegiate meet. Johannes Hock of Texas and Maicel Uibo of Georgia both posted their second 8000+ efforts of the season.
Texas freshman Johannes Hock won a back-and-forth event with 8,267 points, the ninth-best total in collegiate history. He became just the second freshman to win the event at the national meet (Tito Steiner of BYU, 1977), according to records supplied by Track and Field News.
Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo’s runner-up score of 8,239 makes him the eighth-best performer (not the eighth-best score) in NCAA history, and yet just second on the Washington top-10 list, as the No. 4 performer in NCAA history is Mike Ramos, who scored 8,322 points in 1986 and won the NCAA title that year. Taiwo’s runner-up finish is the second-best ever for a Husky aside from Ramos’ win. Taiwo’s total is also the seventh-best score in NCAA meet history, and the 12th-best decathlon score in NCAA history at any meet. And all that work over two days gives the Husky men’s team eight points at nationals.
Erica Bougard of Mississippi State completed the first four events of the heptathlon in second place with 3,581 points. Entering the 200-meter dash, she was in 5th place. However, she ran a personal best 23.84 to climb to 2nd.
Anna Jelmini of Arizona State won the program’s fourth NCAA Discus Championship with her winning throw of 190-1 (57.95m). With the victory, coach David Dumble has now had a hand in coaching 24 NCAA Individual Championship performances in his 12 years as the throws coach at Arizona State.
Junior Julie Labonté of Arizona earned a runner-up finish in the women’s discus competition with a mark of 184-6 (56.25m), the second-best toss of her career. Labonté added eight points to the women’s team total. It is the 13th time that a Wildcat has finished in eighth place or better in the women’s discus.
In her last collegiate competition, Michigan State’s Beth Rohl posted a mark of 183-9 (56.02m) to take bronze. She has qualified for every discus final in which she has competed at the NCAA Championships and leaves MSU as the most decorated Spartan thrower of all time with seven All-American honors.
Indiana sophomore Taja Moore took seventh in the women’s discus, becoming Indiana’s points scorer in the event since 1992. Moore launched a career best of 54.81m (179-10) on her first throw in the women’s discus. The throw held up for seventh place. Moore added two feet and two inches to her career best, which ranks second all-time at IU, behind only IU Hall of Famer Katrin Koch, who was IU’s last All-American in the discus in 1992. Her two points scored are the first for IU’s women since 2011.
Men’s Hammer Throw
With Virginia Tech’s Tomas Kruzliak’s winning throw of 227-3 (69.26m), the Hokies claimed their sixth national title in the men’s hammer throw in the last nine years. With the win, he joined fellow Nitra, Slovakia native Marcel Lomnicky as the only Hokies to win a national championship in their first year at Virginia Tech.
Florida senior Jeremy Postin ended his career on a solid note, earning bronze in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 224-0 (68.29m). Postin turned in his second straight podium finish after his NCAA runner-up performance a year ago. He finishes his career as the Florida program record-holder in both the men’s hammer throw (70.73m/232-1) and the weight throw (21.60m/70-10.50), while also sweeping the throws titles at the SEC meets in 2012.
Men’s Long Jump
Senior Damar Forbes became the fifth LSU Tiger in history to be crowned the NCAA Outdoor champion in the men’s long jump, joining the likes of Billy Brown (1941), Llewellyn Starks (1990), Walter Davis (2002) and John Moffitt (2004). Forbes won his first career NCAA long jump title after finishing as the silver medalist in each of his last four NCAA Championships, including runner-up finishes outdoors in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up finishes indoors in 2012 and 2013. With Forbes’ victory in the men’s long jump, the Tigers extended an impressive streak of 16-straight seasons of winning at least one event title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships dating back to the 1998 season. The Tigers have also won at least one NCAA Outdoor event title in 26 of the last 27 seasons going back to the 1987 season.
Jharyl Bowry of Kansas State finished seventh in the long jump, marking the first time in school history the men’s team has scored points in the long jump in back-to-back seasons.
Senior Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU has a chance to make history in Saturday’s final of the women’s 200-meter dash as she can become the first collegiate sprinter in history – male or female – to win three NCAA Outdoor titles in the 200 meters. She is the two-time defending NCAA Outdoor champion in the event following her victories as a sophomore in 2011 and as a junior in 2012. Duncan’s wind-aided time of 22.15 in Thursday’s semifinal is her second-fastest 200-meter time under all conditions as she was just short of her career-best wind-aided time of 22.12 set in winning the SEC Outdoor title in 2012. It is also the No. 4 all-time in-season all-condition time in collegiate history, and the No. 2 mark in NCAA Championships history on the same premise.
Clemson’s Dezerea Bryant advanced to the final in the 200 dash, becoming Clemson’s first female to make the national outdoor final in the event since Shekera Weston in 2001
By qualifying for the 200 final, Isiah Young of Ole Miss became the first athlete in school history to make the NCAA finals in both short sprints. His time of 20.12 was his lifetime best in any conditions, beating his 20.16 from last year’s U.S. Olympic Trials. Young was fourth at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet. The only other Rebel to ever make a 200 final was Tony Dees in 1983, where he finished eighth.
Charles Silmon of TCU became the fourth man in school history to advance to both the 100 and 200-meter finals. He joins Cy Leland (1929 & 1930), Raymond Stewart (1987 & 1988) and Kim Collins (2001) as the previous men to do so. Silmon is one of four men at this year’s meet making both the 100 and 200 final, with Webb, Aaron Brown of USC and Isaiah Young of Ole Miss also pulling the double. However, Silmon is the only one of the four men who will also feature in the 4×100 relay final.
Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State (4:14.61) became the program’s first finalist at 1,500 meters in the NCAA Championships since Lisa Aguilera in 2000.
Villanova junior Emily Lipari qualified for the finals in the 1500 meters in her first career appearance at the outdoor NCAA Championships, recording a time of 4:16.96 in her semifinal heat of the 1500 meters, making it her second fastest time in a Villanova uniform. Her fastest time was 4:15.89 and came in the national quarterfinals at the NCAA East Regional, meaning that her two fastest times have come in her last two consecutive races. Villanova will have a runner in the finals of the 1500 meters for the third time in the last four years.
Villanova sophomore Sam McEntee automatically qualified for the finals of the 1500 meters with a second place finish in the first semifinal heat in 3:41.32, his second fastest in a Villanova uniform and trails only his mark of 3:36.81 from last season at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet (that time ranks 10th on the All-Time NCAA performance list). He qualified for the final of the 1500 meters for the second straight year after posting a ninth place finish in the finals last season. This is the third straight season and fourth time in the last five years that Villanova will have a runner in the finals of the 1500 meters. Villanova has produced six national champions in the 1500 meters, most recently with Sydney Maree in 1981, when he set a collegiate record that still stands with a time of 3:35.30.
Crossing the finish line in a time of 3:41.46, Air Force sophomore Zach Perkins deleted nearly three seconds from his previous best time and one second from the Academy record to finish third in the semifinals of the 1500-meter run on Thursday night. Perkins, who entered the meet ranked 20th based on overall season-best times, recorded the third-fastest time of all 24 runners to secure his place in Saturday’s finals.
In a tight clump of athletes with just 200 meters to go, Penn State’s Robby Creese managed to free himself from traffic, accelerating over the final meters to finish in 3:43.55, and snatch a spot in Saturday’s final. In qualifying for the final, Creese stands to become the first Nittany Lion to pick up All-America status in the event since Bob Hamer in 1994.
Women’s 100 hurdles
Clemson’s Brianna Rollins broke the NCAA record in the 100 hurdles on Thursday with a time of 12.47, eclipsing the previous standard of 12.48 set by USC’s Ginnie Powell in 2006. Rollins’ time is a world leader by .13 seconds; the previous best was 12.60 by Dawn Harper last month.
Clemson’s Keni Harrison is the first Tiger female in history to qualify for the national finals of both hurdle events; she ran 12.97 in the 100 hurdles Thursday to auto qualify for Saturday’s final
Men’s 110 hurdles
Clemson’s Spencer Adams ran a personal best 13.24, albeit wind-aided at +2.1 mps, for the top seed; his time is recognized as an all-conditions Clemson record, breaking Duane Ross’ mark of 13.32
Women’s 3000 Steeplechase
Colorado’s Emma Coburn advances to the finals for the fourth time in her career. She was 11th in 2009, second in 2010 and won in 2011. She redshirted 2012 to prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials and ended up ninth in the finals of the Olympic Games. The Buffs have won five of the last seven NCAA steeplechase crowns dating back to 2006. Jenny Barringer (now Simpson) won in 2006, 08 and 09. Coburn won in 2011 and Shalaya Kipp won in 2012. Kipp is redshirting the 2013 season.
Baylor men’s 4×400 relay team qualified for the finals of the event for the 33rd time in the last 34 years. (In final every year since 1980, except last season).
TCU advances to the men’s 4×400 relay, the final event of the meet on Saturday, for the eighth time in program history. This will be TCU’s first appearance in the final since 2006 when the Horned Frogs were runners-up.
Junior Lawi Lalang of Arizona won the men’s 10K at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a time of 29:29.65. He won the race by 11.62 seconds. In only his third 10K ever, Lalang became the second Wildcat to ever win a title in the men’s 10K, Robert Cheseret was the first in 2005. He has now won six NCAA titles, one in cross country, four indoors and one outdoors. He will look to become only the 12th person to ever win the 10K and 5K in the same NCAA Championships.
Paul Katam of UNC-Greensboro posted his second scoring effort of his career in the 10,000 meters distance, earning a national runner-up showing in 29:41.27, his second fastest of the season and the third fastest of his career. His runner-up finish marked the second straight year that UNCG has posted a national runner-up as Paul Chelimo finished second at 5000 meters last year in Iowa.