NCAA DI Championships – Day One Notes
EUGENE, Ore. – Day one of the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships is in the books, with a number of notable performances having taken place.
Find below snippets of information from the schools involved in today’s action. Blurbs are courtesy of each school’s sports information/athletic communications/media relations department, with more info to be added later.
Chelsea Cassulo was Arizona State’s first-ever champion in the women’s hammer throw with her winning mark of 226-9 (69.12m) on her final attempt, giving throws coach Dave Dumble his 16th NCAA throwing title. She is the first Sun Devil women’s individual champion since 2008.
Illinois State’s Brittany Smith earned the ninth All-America honor of her career and third runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in two years, after throwing the second-best mark of her life at 224-9 (68.51m).
USC’s Jenny Ozorai finished fourth in the women’s hammer throw for the second consecutive season, saving her best throw for last with a mark of 217-6 (66.29m), finishing fourth for the second consecutive season. The Trojan hammer throwers under the tutelage of Dan Lange have now registered a top four finish in the women’s hammer throw six times in the last eight seasons and nine times in the last 18 seasons.
Men’s Pole Vault
Sam Hendricks of Ole Miss, with his winning clearance of 18-8¼ (5.70m), became the first person in school history to win an NCAA title in the pole vault. His title is the 13th individual national championship in program history, while he becomes the eighth Rebel to win at least one NCAA title. The others are Ralph Spry, George Kersh, Greg Saddler, Savante’ Stringfellow, Antwon Hicks, Barnabas Kirui and Brittney Reese.
With his tie for seventh place Kyle Wait of Kansas State is first men’s pole vaulter to score at the NCAA Championship for Kansas State since 1982. (Doug Lytle 2nd place)
Tennessee’s Tyler Porter, despite entering the meet with a personal record of 17-5 (5.31m), cleared 16-8¾ (5.10m), 17-2¾ (5.25m) and 17-8½ (5.40m) on his first attempts, before coming up shy at 18-½ (5.50m). On his second attempt at 5.50m, Porter actually snapped his pole into three pieces.
Women’s Long Jump
Lorraine Ugen became TCU’s second consecutive NCAA Outdoor Champion in the women’s long jump with a huge third jump of 22-2.1/2 (6.77m) that was needed to even make the final, but in the end proved to be the difference as she took down indoor champ Andrea Geubelle of Kansas. Former Frog Whitney Gipson won the 2012 Outdoor long jump crown in Des Moines, Iowa last year, maarking the first time a Division I women’s program has won consecutive long jump titles by two different student-athletes.
Jen Clayton of UCF became the program’s best finisher in a jumps event at the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish at 21-7¾ (6.42m).
NC State’s Karimah Shepherd, who finished seventh at 20-8 (6.30m) became the first female in program history to earn first-team All-America honors in the event.
True freshman Freya Jones of Georgia moved to No. 3 in the school record books with an effort of 180- 3 (54.95m) to win the women’s javelin title. This marked the third championship in the event for the Georgia women in history and first since 1999 (Vigdis Gudjonsdottir). Trailing into the fifth round, Jones set a personal best to give the Georgia women their 12th NCAA outdoor title in history.
Another freshman finished right behind in Florida’s Marija Vucenovic, who turned in a runner-up finish in the women’s javelin at 179-08 (54.76m) after leading through her first five throws.
Men’s Shot Put
Sophomore Ryan Crouser of Texas, who grew up less than two hours from Eugene, Ore., site of the four-day meet, had only one legal throw among his six attempts, but his toss of 66-7¾ (20.31m) was all he needed to outduel the 24-man field, which included two-time defending champ Jordan Clarke of Arizona State. Crouser’s only legal throw came on his third attempt of the trials after fouling twice before with the risk of finishing without a mark.
Kole Weldon of Texas Tech had the best finish in school history in the outdoor shot put at third place with a mark of 63-3¼ (19.28m). He finished runner-up indoors.
Southeast Missouri’s Kevin Farley became the Redhawks’ first outdoor All-American since 2008 (Miles Smith; 400m) with his seventh place finish in the shot put at 61-11 3/4, breaking his own school record of 60-8½ from the NCAA West Region Prelims two weeks ago. The sophomore’s performance was his third-straight record-breaking performance in the shot put.
UCF improved on its school record set earlier this season with a 43.15 and climbed to No. 8 on the collegiate all-time performers list.
The TCU quartet of Harvey McSwain, Silmon, Ronnie Baker and Raymond Bozmans finished second in their heat, securing an automatic qualifying slot in a season-best time of 39.15. This is the 23rd time in program history that TCU will be represented in the 4×100 final and the first time since 2009.
Alabama opened up day one of the NCAA Outdoor Championships by posting school-record 38.78 in the semifinals of the 4×100-meter relay, advancing to Saturday’s finals in the event. Junior Alex Sanders, sophomore Diondre Batson, junior Akeem Haynes and senior Dushane Farrier combined to finish second in their heat, just two hundredths of a second behind Auburn. The previous 4x100m mark was set in 1990, well before three of the four members of the current Crimson Tide speed kings were born. Farrier, the fourth member of the current record holding relay and the lone senior, was six months old when Richard Beattie, Clive Wright, Eduardo Nava and Brad McCuaig posted a 38.87 to win the 1990 NCAA 4x100m title.
The Iowa squad ran a school record 39.31 to advance as the eighth seed to their first-ever 4×100 finals in school history.
Middle Tennsessee State freshman Eliud Rutto’s time of 1:48.91 was the fifth fastest in the 800 meter semifinals, and because he took second in the second heat, making him one of only two freshman to qualify, joining Penn State’s Brandon Kidder.
Penn State (Kidder, Casimir Loxsom) and Minnesota (Harun Abda, Travis Burkstrand) both advanced two runners apiece to the finals.
True freshman Shaunae Miller of Georgia broke a 26-year-old school record in the 400-meter dash semifinals to have the top qualifying time. The Bahamian clocked a 51.57 to pass Gwen Torrence’s mark of 51.60 set at the 1987 Drake Relays. Miller won the 2013 NCAA indoor 400m crown.
Mississippi State’s Jody Ann-Muir advanced to the finals at 400 meters after finishing sixth at 52.03. As a freshman, she ended her season with All-American honors, and as a senior she’ll likely conclude her heralded career in the same fashion.
George Mason’s David Verburg will make his second straight NCAA Championships finals appearance after running the fastest qualifying time of the day at 45.19. A title for him would be George Mason’s first national title in the event since 1995 when Greg Haughton took home the title.
USC’s Bryshon Nellum advanced to Friday’s men’s 400 finals by winning the third heat with a time of 45.42. His time turned out to be the fourth-fastest of the qualifiers. His last race on the Hayward Field track was when he ran a then-PR of 44.80 to take third place at the U.S. Olympic Trials and make the Olympic team. He went on to earn a silver medal as part of the 4×400 relay team and to place ninth in the open 400 at the London Games.
Octavious Freeman and Aurieyall Scott of UCFare the top two qualifiers for the 100 finals after their all-conditions PRs Wednesday of 10.99w (+2.8m/s) and 11.00w (+2.6m/s), respectively.
Charles Silmon of TCU made a huge statement in the 100 meters semifinals, entering the finals as the top seed after posting a wind-aided 9.92w (+3.0m/s) mark in the semifinal round, tied for the fastest all-conditions time in NCAA Championships history with Ato Boldon’s wind-legal 9.92 in 1996, and the fastest wind-aided time in championships history. In total, 13 men have recorded all-conditions times faster than 10 seconds at the NCAA Championships.
Dentarius Locke of Florida State ran the third-fastest wind-legal time in NCAA Championships history with his 9.97 (+1.9m/s) explosion in the prelims, tied with Oladape Adenike of UTEP in 1992, and the fastest since former Seminole Walter Dix went 9.93 in 2007. He is just the seventh man to dip under 10 seconds in a wind legal race in NCAA Championships history.
Isiah Young of Ole Miss, who entered the meet as one of the favorites in both the 100 and 200 meters, won his semifinal 100 meter heat with a time of 10.00w (+2.7m/s) to advance to Friday’s final. Young is the second Ole Miss athlete to ever make the NCAA 100 meter final. Mike Granger placed seventh in the 100 meter final in 2011.
After running a leg on Alabama’s school record-setting 4x100m relay to open day one, Crimson Tide sophomore Diondre Batson came back later in the evening to run in the semifinals of the 100m, posting a 10.05, the fifth fastest time of the day, and advancing to Friday’s finals. For Baton, a poor start in the 100 meant he had to dig deep to grab a spot in the finals. Despite that fact, he still turned in a personal best, just one-hundredth of a second behind Emmit King’s 1983 time of 10.04, which ranks second all-time at Alabama.
USC’s Aaron Brown moved on to Friday’s finals in the men’s 100 by taking second in the first heat with a PR of 10.05. His time moved him into sole possession of third place on USC’s all-time list in the event.
Stanford’s Kori Carter and Georganne Moline of Arizona met for the fourth time this season, with Carter winning for the fourth time in 54.67 to Moline’s 54.89. Both women bested the previous prelims all-time best of 55.35 set in 2010 by The Bowerman winner Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech — an award both of these women are aiming for.
Men’s 3000 steeplechase
UTEP’s Anthony Rotich automatically qualified to the 3000m steeplechase on Friday with a first-place finish in the semifinals, crossing the finish line with a personal best of 8:32.50, which also checks in as the seventh-fastest time in program history.
High Point University’s Dakota Peachee became the first High Point men’s track athlete to qualify for an NCAA Div. I final when he finished fifth in the second heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on Wednesday with a career-best 8:43.46. Peachee is HPU’s third NCAA qualifier ever.
Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State finished second in the women’s 10,000m with a time of 33:14.12, earning First-Team All-America honors for the 12th time in her career. The senior will compete in her final collegiate race when she toes the line in the women’s 5000m race on Friday.
Emma Bates of Boise State earns her first All-America first team nod after placing third in the 10000-meters. She becomes only the second female in school history to earn All-America status in the event. The redshirt sophomore clocked a time of 33:37.13, nearly 13-seconds faster than her former school record. She is one of a handful of athletes who will double and compete in the 5000-meter Friday.
With a fourth-place finish in 33:40.85, Washington’s Megan Goethals is the second Husky to finish in the top-four of the 10,000 in the last five years, as Anita Campbell took third in 2009. It’s the third podium finish for Goethals at the NCAA Finals, as she was sixth at 5000 meters in 2011, then second in the 5k last year. She’ll be running the 5k once again on Friday.
Katie Matthews of Boston University is the first athlete in school history to earn three All-America selections in the same calendar year thanks to her fifth-place finish in the 10,000m run tonight.
For the third-straight year, Arizona has had a first-team All-American in the women’s 10,000-meter race. This year, Arizona senior Jen Bergman was the honoree. She took sixth place with a time of 33:45.03. It is the second time in three years that Bergman has been a first-team All-America in the 10K. She took third place in 2011 and 12th place in 2012.
Risper Kimaiyo of UTEP wrapped up her collegiate career earning her seventh All-American honor, competing at 10,000 meters for the first time on the national stage and posted an eight-place finish in 34:03.35, which secured Kimaiyo her second outdoor All-American honor.