Rest of the Meet: Great Finals on Tap in 1500 (Kerr vs. Engels) & 800 (Korir vs. Everybody) as Florida Goes 1-2 in the Long Jump

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By LetsRun.com
June 7, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. — Day 1 of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships is in the books. The biggest stories of the day were the 9.82 NCAA 100-meter record by Tennessee’s Christian Coleman and Tulsa’s Marc Scott winning the 10,000 just one day after being released from the hospital for a seizure. Those stories both get their own articles, which we’ve linked to above. Everything else is covered in this article, from Florida going 1-2 in the long jump with KeAndre Bates and Grant Holloway to the prelims for the 1500 and 800, where we’re set for a pair of terrific finals (Josh Kerr vs. Craig Engels in the former, Emmanuel Korir vs. everyone else in the latter). Recaps, results and analysis below. And the steeple semis as well.

Men’s 1500: Kerr vs. Engels is officially on as both men win their heats

The men’s 1500 heats went pretty much according to form as the six fastest men during the qualifying window all moved on to the final.  Coming into today’s semis, we were expecting the final to be a fantastic matchup between NCAA indoor mile champ Josh Kerr of New Mexico and Olympic Trials finalist at 800 and 1500, Craig Engels of Ole Miss, and we’re certainly still expecting that as Engels won heat 1 and Kerr heat 2. Both men looked fantastic while doing it as Engels sat on Colorado’s Ben Saarel before pulling away over the final 100 while Kerr controlled heat 2 from the front.

Ivy League champion Rob Napolitano of Columbia, who ran a 3:39 at Swarthmore after the qualifying window had ended failed to advance to the final, meaning none of the three Ivy Leaguers who broke 3:40 at Swarthmore will be in the NCAA final (the other two – Chris Hatler and James Randon – didn’t make it out of Regionals). We mention that because only three NCAA athletes broke 3:40 during the qualifying period.

Heat 1 results

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTime300m700m1100m1500m
14Craig ENGELSSROle Miss3:40.07 Q44.20 [44.20]1:44.51 [1:00.31]2:44.17 [59.66]3:40.07 [55.91]
211Joshua THOMPSONSROklahoma State3:40.12 Q45.26 [45.26]1:45.10 [59.85]2:44.30 [59.20]3:40.12 [55.83]
39Blake HANEYJROregon3:40.40 Q44.36 [44.36]1:44.88 [1:00.52]2:44.23 [59.35]3:40.40 [56.18]
46Neil GOURLEYJRVirginia Tech3:40.52 Q44.15 [44.15]1:44.73 [1:00.59]2:44.42 [59.70]3:40.52 [56.10]
52Ben SAARELJRColorado3:40.71 Q43.99 [43.99]1:44.24 [1:00.26]2:43.97 [59.73]3:40.71 [56.74]
612Jeff THIESJRPortland3:40.73 q45.13 [45.13]1:45.16 [1:00.04]2:44.77 [59.61]3:40.73 [55.96]
78Andrew DUSINGSRMiami (Ohio)3:40.99 q44.86 [44.86]1:45.37 [1:00.52]2:44.50 [59.13]3:40.99 [56.50]
85Kyle BURDICKSOSouth Dakota St.3:43.7844.72 [44.72]1:45.30 [1:00.59]2:44.48 [59.18]3:43.78 [59.31]
93Alex RIBAJRTexas A&M3:44.1444.78 [44.78]1:45.52 [1:00.75]2:45.09 [59.58]3:44.14 [59.05]
1010Trevor REINHARTSOYale3:45.3944.51 [44.51]1:45.38 [1:00.88]2:46.33 [1:00.95]3:45.39 [59.07]
117Rob NAPOLITANOSRColumbia3:46.5044.48 [44.48]1:44.91 [1:00.43]2:44.37 [59.46]3:46.50 [1:02.14]
121Ryan ADAMSSOFurman3:49.4844.67 [44.67]1:45.22 [1:00.56]2:45.82 [1:00.60]3:49.48 [1:03.67]

Heat 2 results

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTime300m700m1100m1500m
13Josh KERRSONew Mexico3:44.60 Q44.22 [44.22]1:47.96 [1:03.75]2:49.23 [1:01.27]3:44.60 [55.37]
210Justine KIPROTICHSOMichigan State3:44.74 Q44.39 [44.39]1:48.13 [1:03.74]2:49.45 [1:01.33]3:44.74 [55.29]
38Craig NOWAKSROklahoma State3:44.79 Q44.85 [44.85]1:48.34 [1:03.49]2:49.62 [1:01.28]3:44.79 [55.17]
46David TIMLINSRIndiana State3:44.83 Q45.12 [45.12]1:48.83 [1:03.72]2:49.94 [1:01.12]3:44.83 [54.89]
54Vincent CIATTEIJRVirginia Tech3:44.88 Q44.12 [44.12]1:47.92 [1:03.80]2:49.33 [1:01.42]3:44.88 [55.55]
65Daniel GAGNEJRBradley3:45.0444.90 [44.90]1:48.53 [1:03.64]2:49.78 [1:01.25]3:45.04 [55.27]
77Tim GORMANSROregon3:45.2444.28 [44.28]1:48.12 [1:03.85]2:49.50 [1:01.38]3:45.24 [55.74]
89James GOWANSSRCornell3:45.3944.63 [44.63]1:48.51 [1:03.88]2:49.57 [1:01.06]3:45.39 [55.83]
92Matt DORSEYSRAir Force3:45.4144.75 [44.75]1:48.45 [1:03.70]2:50.03 [1:01.59]3:45.41 [55.38]
1011Chase HORROCKSSRBYU3:45.9244.49 [44.49]1:48.21 [1:03.73]2:49.81 [1:01.60]3:45.92 [56.12]
1112Robbie FARNHAM-ROSESRAlabama3:50.5144.68 [44.68]1:48.66 [1:03.99]2:50.11 [1:01.45]3:50.51 [1:00.41]
DNF1William PAULSONJRPrinceton44.52 [44.52]1:48.32 [1:03.81]2:49.68 [1:01.37]


Quick Take: Despite slaying Edward Cheserek to win NCAA indoors, Josh Kerr still views himself as the underdog

The most interesting thing Kerr told us came after our interview concluded as he said that he still views himself as “number two” in this field behind Engels, pointing to Engels’ impressive run at last year’s Olympic Trials. We don’t necessarily view it that way, and Kerr did admit that, like many athletes, he likes to think of himself as the underdog.

Kerr has had an outstanding season, running 3:35 in April — becoming just the sixth collegian under 3:36 — and said that he will be comfortable with any style of race in the final as he’s been preparing for any situation.

Kerr has a shot to make the Worlds team on home soil this year (he’s one of five Brits with the 1500 standard, though one is Mo Farah), but said that NCAAs is his top priority.

“This is the main one for me. Collegiate system is what I’ve been racing in. That was the goal all the way through the year. Obviously World Championships is huge but I need to start making these small steps before I make the big steps.”

Quick Take: Blake Haney says he’s even fitter than he was when he took third as a true freshman in 2015

Haney was only second at Pac-12s and has not received the same attention as Kerr or Engels this season, but he has produced some impressive NCAA performances in the past (3rd in 2015 1500, 2nd in 2016 indoor mile) and looked smooth today. Plus it’s not as if Haney bombed at Pac-12s — he still closed that race in 52.74, but lost to a true stud in Stanford’s Grant Fisher.

Haney got a slow start to his indoor season after suffering a stress fracture in the fall, but said he’s been at 100% this spring and is very happy with where his fitness is at.

If he winds up challenging Kerr and Engels in the final, it will mark a huge transformation over the past two months. When they raced at the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 14, Kerr won in 3:35.99, Engels was second in 3:37.75 and Haney was 13th — last place — in 3:42.86.

Craig Nowak/Josh Thompson interview

Ben Saarel interview

Saarel said he wanted to make sure the heat was fast to get into the final.

Craig Engels interview

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Engels is confident with either a fast or a slow final, but would love to have a 3:35 final that would get him the 3:36.00 World Championship standard.

Trevor Reinhart interview

The two-time Foot Locker finalist did not run track in high school (he was a lacrosse player), and now made NCAAs despite missing much of the last two cross seasons with injury.

Men’s 800: UTEP’s Michael Saruni leads all qualifiers for a stacked final

Heavy NCAA favorite Emmanuel Korir of UTEP moved on to the final in impressive fashion by winning heat number one in 1:46.63. If Korir loses on Saturday, it may be to his own teammate and fellow freshman Michael Saruni, who won heat number three in the fastest time of the day (1:46.38) as #2 seed Isaiah Harris of Penn State was second in 1:46.62. The winner of heat #2 was Virginia Tech senior Drew Piazza (1:46.75), the NCAA runner-up indoors.

For the most part, things went almost exactly as one would have expected as 7 of the top 8 fastest collegians on the year made Friday’s final with the lone casualty being #3 seed Eliud Rutto of Middle Tennessee State who was last in heat #3.

Heat 1 results

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTime400m800m
14Emmanuel KORIRFRUTEP1:46.63 Q51.74 [51.74]1:46.63 [54.90]
22Devin DIXONFRTexas A&M1:47.00 Q51.88 [51.88]1:47.00 [55.12]
36Clay LAMBOURNEJRUtah State1:47.1952.65 [52.65]1:47.19 [54.55]
41Jeffrey MOOREJRSam Houston St.1:47.4052.05 [52.05]1:47.40 [55.36]
53Isaiah JEWETTSOUC Irvine1:47.4352.12 [52.12]1:47.43 [55.31]
65Nate ROESESRMinnesota1:47.6152.61 [52.61]1:47.61 [55.00]
78Charles JONESJRTexas Tech1:48.4651.47 [51.47]1:48.46 [57.00]
87Mitch HECHSELSRMinnesota1:48.5252.39 [52.39]1:48.52 [56.13]

Heat 2 results

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTime400m800m
15Drew PIAZZASRVirginia Tech1:46.75 Q52.81 [52.81]1:46.75 [53.94]
23Robert HEPPENSTALLSOWake Forest1:47.16 Q52.90 [52.90]1:47.16 [54.27]
32Patrick JOSEPHJRVirginia Tech1:47.5652.47 [52.47]1:47.56 [55.09]
41Carlton ORANGESOArkansas1:47.5652.68 [52.68]1:47.56 [54.89]
56Avery BARTLETTSOGeorgia Tech1:47.8453.22 [53.22]1:47.84 [54.63]
64Strymar LIVINGSTONSRKansas1:48.1752.58 [52.58]1:48.17 [55.60]
78John LEWISSOClemson1:48.2152.25 [52.25]1:48.21 [55.96]
87Domenic PERRETTAFRPenn State1:49.1453.00 [53.00]1:49.14 [56.15]

Heat 3 results

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTime400m800m
16Michael SARUNIFRUTEP1:46.38 Q53.92 [53.92]1:46.38 [52.47]
24Isaiah HARRISSOPenn State1:46.62 Q53.95 [53.95]1:46.62 [52.68]
32Andres ARROYOSRFlorida1:46.89 q53.65 [53.65]1:46.89 [53.24]
45Joseph WHITEJRGeorgetown1:47.05 q54.07 [54.07]1:47.05 [52.98]
51Ethan HOMANSRBoston U.1:49.0354.27 [54.27]1:49.03 [54.77]
68Matthew HARDINGFRUNC-Asheville1:49.7153.75 [53.75]1:49.71 [55.96]
77Robert FORDJRUSC1:50.4253.89 [53.89]1:50.42 [56.54]
83Eliud RUTTOSRMid. Tenn. State1:50.5453.96 [53.96]1:50.54 [56.59]

Quick Take: After being inspired by Donavan Brazier in 2016, Texas A&M’s Devin Dixon will run in an NCAA final of his own on Friday

Dixon, a true freshman, ran 1:49 in high school last year and has surprised himself by how quickly he’s ascended to the NCAA’s elite, as he ran 1:45 to win the SEC title last month.

“I remember high school, I’m used to watching national meets like Oregon you know, from the TV screen,” Dixon said. “And now I’m actually in it running times I never thought I could run until like junior or senior year.”

Dixon said he’s watched former Aggie Donavan Brazier’s 2016 NCAA win thousands of times and has studied every aspect of the race. Now he gets a chance to write his own story in his first NCAA final on Friday.

A&M is quite the hotbed of 400-800 talent right now, and Dixon said that he will train with Fred Kerley and the 400 group occasionally when coach Alleyne Francique wants him to get in some faster work. Dixon raved about Francique’s coaching and said he has been a father figure to him in his first year of college.

Quick Take: After struggling at NCAAs in the past, Florida’s Andres Arroyo made the final with a more relaxed approach

Florida is perennially in the mix for the NCAA team title, and that brings with it a lot of pressure to make finals and score points for the team. Arroyo, who made it to the Olympic semifinals last year for Puerto Rico, hasn’t been great at that in the past. In his last six NCAA appearances, he scored a grand total of one point, but by making the final today, he guaranteed that he will at least match that total.

Arroyo said that in the past, a combination of mental and physical problems have held him back, such as not getting enough sleep and not drinking enough water, but he’s been more diligent about the little things this year and it’s paying off.

You’d think that a guy with Arroyo’s record might have been feeling the pressure this time around — especially with Florida in a battle for the team title — but he said he wanted to relax and enjoy his final trip to NCAAs.

“Usually you have that pressure that I’ve gotta do good, start thinking stuff,” Arroyo said. “But this meet, I’ve just been relaxed. It’s my last race, my last meet, so just enjoy the moment.”

Drew Piazza interview

Men’s 3000 steeplechase: Collegiate leader Edwin Kibichiy leads the way but #2 seed Jamaine Coleman goes home

Eastern Kentucky’s Jamaine Coleman (GBR), who had run the second fastest collegiate steeplechase on the year at regionals (8:34.19) was the biggest casualty in the steeple prelims as he was sixth in heat #1 in 8:43.85, and missed moving on by .21.

Six of the eight men who had run under 8:40 this year moved into the final with the other casualty being Syracuse freshman Aidan Tooker, who was last in the first heat in 9:02.33.

Heat 1

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTimeLap 1Lap 2Lap 3Lap 4Lap 5Lap 6Lap 73000m
15Benard KETERSRTexas Tech8:43.49 Q40.71 [40.71]1:53.60 [1:12.90]3:08.97 [1:15.37]4:17.74 [1:08.78]5:25.62 [1:07.89]6:32.99 [1:07.37]7:39.26 [1:06.28]8:43.49 [1:04.23]
24MJ ERBSROle Miss8:43.54 Q39.35 [39.35]1:52.66 [1:13.31]3:08.27 [1:15.62]4:17.53 [1:09.26]5:25.28 [1:07.76]6:32.90 [1:07.63]7:38.87 [1:05.97]8:43.54 [1:04.67]
310Troy REEDERJRFurman8:43.57 Q39.80 [39.80]1:52.53 [1:12.74]3:07.98 [1:15.45]4:17.20 [1:09.22]5:24.82 [1:07.62]6:32.60 [1:07.79]7:39.03 [1:06.44]8:43.57 [1:04.55]
42Scott CARPENTERJRGeorgetown8:43.61 Q39.81 [39.81]1:52.74 [1:12.94]3:08.22 [1:15.49]4:17.51 [1:09.29]5:25.38 [1:07.87]6:33.15 [1:07.78]7:39.30 [1:06.15]8:43.61 [1:04.31]
512Dylan BLANKENBAKERSROklahoma8:43.64 Q39.64 [39.64]1:52.78 [1:13.14]3:08.52 [1:15.74]4:17.74 [1:09.23]5:28.15 [1:10.41]6:34.33 [1:06.19]7:39.82 [1:05.50]8:43.64 [1:03.82]
69Jamaine COLEMANJREastern Kentucky8:43.8539.31 [39.31]1:52.38 [1:13.07]3:07.92 [1:15.55]4:17.15 [1:09.23]5:25.17 [1:08.02]6:32.65 [1:07.49]7:39.13 [1:06.49]8:43.85 [1:04.72]
76Obsa ALISOMinnesota8:49.0040.42 [40.42]1:53.33 [1:12.91]3:08.16 [1:14.84]4:18.18 [1:10.02]5:26.05 [1:07.87]6:33.86 [1:07.81]7:42.28 [1:08.42]8:49.00 [1:06.72]
83Austin O’NEILSRUCLA8:49.5239.52 [39.52]1:52.86 [1:13.34]3:08.35 [1:15.49]4:17.95 [1:09.61]5:25.52 [1:07.57]6:33.27 [1:07.75]7:39.55 [1:06.29]8:49.52 [1:09.97]
91Daniel CARNEYSOBYU8:56.3939.67 [39.67]1:53.22 [1:13.55]3:08.66 [1:15.45]4:18.08 [1:09.42]5:26.01 [1:07.93]6:34.89 [1:08.89]7:45.54 [1:10.65]8:56.39 [1:10.85]
1011Robert MURPHYSRIUPUI9:10.9239.09 [39.09]1:52.42 [1:13.33]3:08.84 [1:16.42]4:18.85 [1:10.02]5:28.30 [1:09.45]6:41.12 [1:12.82]7:55.93 [1:14.82]9:10.92 [1:14.99]
117Dylan LAFONDSRIllinois9:17.2940.00 [40.00]1:53.02 [1:13.02]3:08.08 [1:15.07]4:18.35 [1:10.27]5:26.59 [1:08.25]6:35.52 [1:08.93]7:53.90 [1:18.38]9:17.29 [1:23.40]
128Khalil RMIDI KININISRMaryland-Eastern Shore9:32.4440.10 [40.10]1:53.05 [1:12.96]3:08.70 [1:15.65]4:18.91 [1:10.21]5:29.61 [1:10.71]6:45.36 [1:15.76]8:05.44 [1:20.08]9:32.44 [1:27.01]

Heat 2

PlLnAthleteAffiliationTimeLap 1Lap 2Lap 3Lap 4Lap 5Lap 6Lap 73000m
17Edwin KIBICHIYSRLouisville8:41.07 Q38.72 [38.72]1:50.11 [1:11.40]3:00.34 [1:10.23]4:10.67 [1:10.34]5:21.44 [1:10.78]6:31.60 [1:10.16]7:38.91 [1:07.32]8:41.07 [1:02.16]
21Darren FAHYSRGeorgetown8:41.31 Q39.33 [39.33]1:51.07 [1:11.74]3:01.32 [1:10.26]4:11.49 [1:10.18]5:22.01 [1:10.52]6:32.22 [1:10.22]7:40.02 [1:07.80]8:41.31 [1:01.29]
34Emmanuel ROTICHSOTulane8:42.30 Q40.08 [40.08]1:51.22 [1:11.14]3:01.22 [1:10.00]4:11.38 [1:10.16]5:21.84 [1:10.47]6:32.16 [1:10.33]7:39.23 [1:07.07]8:42.30 [1:03.08]
46Noah SCHUTTESOPortland8:42.85 Q39.88 [39.88]1:51.72 [1:11.85]3:01.59 [1:09.88]4:11.90 [1:10.31]5:22.27 [1:10.37]6:32.89 [1:10.62]7:40.08 [1:07.20]8:42.85 [1:02.77]
59Bailey ROTHSOArizona8:42.92 Q39.05 [39.05]1:50.37 [1:11.32]3:00.51 [1:10.15]4:10.88 [1:10.38]5:21.63 [1:10.75]6:31.67 [1:10.04]7:39.03 [1:07.37]8:42.92 [1:03.89]
610Troy FRALEYJRGonzaga8:43.08 q38.81 [38.81]1:50.21 [1:11.40]3:00.27 [1:10.06]4:10.71 [1:10.45]5:21.49 [1:10.78]6:31.91 [1:10.43]7:39.69 [1:07.79]8:43.08 [1:03.40]
75Jacob HESLINGTONFRBYU8:43.23 q39.30 [39.30]1:50.81 [1:11.52]3:01.02 [1:10.21]4:11.68 [1:10.66]5:22.38 [1:10.70]6:32.51 [1:10.14]7:39.83 [1:07.32]8:43.23 [1:03.41]
811Willy FINKSREastern Michigan8:52.4538.95 [38.95]1:50.52 [1:11.58]3:00.78 [1:10.26]4:11.15 [1:10.38]5:22.10 [1:10.96]6:32.44 [1:10.35]7:41.33 [1:08.89]8:52.45 [1:11.12]
912Mitchell BRIGGSSRBYU8:57.2439.57 [39.57]1:51.43 [1:11.87]3:01.65 [1:10.22]4:11.99 [1:10.34]5:22.73 [1:10.74]6:33.60 [1:10.88]7:45.01 [1:11.41]8:57.24 [1:12.24]
102Johannes MOTSCHMANNJRIona9:01.2839.66 [39.66]1:51.26 [1:11.60]3:01.57 [1:10.32]4:12.30 [1:10.74]5:23.44 [1:11.14]6:36.50 [1:13.07]7:50.44 [1:13.94]9:01.28 [1:10.85]
118Graham THOMASSRNew Mexico9:01.7539.00 [39.00]1:50.87 [1:11.87]3:01.89 [1:11.03]4:11.80 [1:09.91]5:22.53 [1:10.73]6:35.30 [1:12.78]7:50.81 [1:15.52]9:01.75 [1:10.94]
123Aidan TOOKERFRSyracuse9:02.3339.07 [39.07]1:50.61 [1:11.54]3:00.84 [1:10.24]4:11.32 [1:10.48]5:22.77 [1:11.46]6:34.37 [1:11.60]7:48.09 [1:13.73]9:02.33 [1:14.25]

Quick Take: Louisville’s Edwin Kibichiy thinks he can run in the low-8:20s

Kibichiy qualified for his fourth career NCAA final today, an impressive feat on its own, and so far he’s improved every year, taking 11th as a freshman, 9th as a sophomore and 3rd for a senior. Obviously Kibichiy would like to improve again as a senior, which could mean going out with an NCAA title.

Kibichiy, who ran 8:32 at regionals, the fastest time in the country this year, said his coach told him to control the pace today and that’s exactly what he did, cruising into the final with his 8:41, the fastest time of the day.

Kibichiy said he felt good when he had to drop it down on the last lap (62.16) but he still had a lot left. And though he didn’t say whether he’d try to go wire-to-wire again in Friday’s final, he believes he’s capable of something in the low-8:20s. At regionals, he hit the bell in 7:23 before shutting it down.

“My fitness is there,” Kibichiy said. “I can run anything between 8:20 and 8:25.”

Quick Take: Despite falling at NCAAs — for the third time in his career — Oklahoma’s Dylan Blankenbaker is on to the final

Blankenbaker fell during the fifth lap, but he picked himself up and ran his way into the final, grabbing the fifth and final auto spot by .21 of a second. It was an impressive run, but for Blankenbaker, unfortunately, it was familiar territory. Last year, he was caught up in a fall and finished last in his prelim (his coach protested successfully and Blankenbaker finished 4th in the final) and he also fell at NCAA XC last fall.

Blankenbaker is one of several men in the field with a PR in the low 8:30s (he ran 8:34 in the NCAA final last year) and said he’s thought about winning the title, though he knows there are several guys returning from last year’s race that will be thinking the same thing. If he can stay on his feet, he’s certainly got a chance.

Men’s Long Jump: Florida Goes 1-2

The men’s long jump was a tremendous competition. Texas Tech’s Will Williams took the lead with a 7.96m jump in round 2 and from there it was an all-Florida show.

Florida freshman phenom Grant Holloway had disappointed indoors in the long jump (12th place) and fouled on his first two attempts here. Would he disappoint again?

Not at all. He unleashed an 8.00m jump to take the lead in round 3. His teammate KeAndre Bates, the indoor champ, jumped a big 7.98 in round 5, but it was not enough to get the lead. Bates did even better in round 6 with 8.05m and that was enough to get the win as Holloway could not improve in round 6.

Bates was pleased to lead the Florida sweep saying, “I’m happy that me and Grant got to do it finally. I was a part of it. Because I’ve been waiting for it. I’m glad I came through for the team.”

Holloway, who won the 60m hurdles indoors and ran a leg on the 4×400 as well may soon be a superstar in the sport with his versatility. But today he was the NCAA runner-up in the long jump (although he did set a PR in the 110m hurdle prelims).

He was full of praise for his teammate saying, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. KeAndre came out with a wonderful jump on his last one.” Holloway then praised his coaches as well.

When asked if losing to a teammate was much different than losing to a non-teammate he said, “No it’s the same feeling. A loss is a loss” although he did later add, “It’s a little bit special. It (losing to a teammate) is not heavy on your body because it’s your teammate, but a loss is a loss.”

Holloway was full of praise for coach Mike Holloway, and he revealed that the two are related, saying both of them have great-grandparents from Albany, Georgia.

For Coach Holloway, better than hearing praise from Grant might have been Grant saying that he intends to stay at Florida all four years. Grant said, “just to have my cousin coach me, have any family member coach me is an awesome experience. I know I’m the right hands with Coach Holloway for the next four years I’m here. And yes that’s for the NEXT four years that I’m here.”

Although Florida went 1-2 in the long jump, A&M got 3rd and the team battle is still expected to be tight between them.

 

PlaceAthleteAffiliationBest MarkFlight (Pl)
1KeAndre BATESJRFlorida8.05m (26-5 )-1.12 (3)
2Grant HOLLOWAYFRFlorida8.00m (26-3 )-0.52 (1)
3Will WILLIAMSJRTexas A&M7.96m (26-1½ )+0.32 (2)
4Terrell MCCLAINJRAkron7.80m (25-7¼ )+2.22 (7)
5Chris MCBRIDESOClemson7.71m (25-3½ )+0.22 (4)
6Eric SLOANJRUSC7.65m (25-1¼ )+0.92 (5)
7Carlos BECKERFRFlorida State7.63m (25-½ )+0.71 (1)
8Andreas TRAJKOVSKISRArkansas7.62m (25-0 )+0.42 (6)
9Jacob FINCHAM-DUKESSOOklahoma State7.61m (24-11¾ )+0.12 (8)
10O’Brien WASOMEFRTexas7.58m (24-10½ )+1.51 (2)

 

Men’s shot put: Virginia’s Filip Mihaljevic repeats

Mihaljevic, who earned the bronze at World Indoors last year, earned his second straight NCAA title, defeating Colorado State’s Mostafa Hassan. Mihaljevic’s best throw was his last (21.30m/69-10.75) but his second-round toss of 21.08 would have won it as well.

Place ▾AthleteOrderBestRnd 1Rnd 2Rnd 3Rnd 4Rnd 5Rnd 6
1Filip MIHALJEVIC
Virginia [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0221.30m
69-10¾
20.50
67-3¼
X21.08
69-2
XX21.30
69-10¾
2Mostafa HASSAN
Colorado St. [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0620.38m
66-10½
20.23
66-4½
19.21
63-¼
XX19.54
64-1¼
20.38
66-10½
3Nicholas DEMALINE
Ohio State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0420.08m
65-10½
X19.21
63-¼
20.08
65-10½
XXX
4Oghenakpobo EFEKORO
Virginia [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-0519.70m
64-7¾
18.14
59-6¼
X19.40
63-7¾
19.70
64-7¾
19.41
63-8¼
18.95
62-2¼
5Denzel COMENENTIA
Georgia [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-1119.63m
64-5
19.58
64-3
19.39
63-7½
19.63
64-5
19.43
63-9
19.52
64-½
19.50
63-11¾
6Nicholas PONZIO
USC [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0519.53m
64-1
18.88
61-11½
19.53
64-1
19.03
62-5¼
18.73
61-5½
X19.21
63-¼
7Peter SIMON
California [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1019.49m
63-11½
X19.49
63-11½
19.10
62-8
19.05
62-6
18.68
61-3½
19.23
63-1¼
8Alex RENNER
N. Dakota St. [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0719.26m
63-2¼
18.98
62-3¼
18.94
62-1¾
19.26
63-2¼
19.22
63-¾
19.25
63-2
19.21
63-¼
9Willie MORRISON
Indiana [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-0818.97m
62-3
18.54
60-10
18.97
62-3
18.61
61-¾
X18.65
61-2¼
18.34
60-2
10Lucas WARNING
Lehigh [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0618.94m
62-1¾
18.79
61-7¾
18.94
62-1¾
18.77
61-7
11Jon YOHMAN
Penn State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1218.91m
62-½
18.91
62-½
X18.62
61-1¼
12Austin DROOGSMA
Florida State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0118.89m
61-11¾
18.44
60-6
18.70
61-4¼
18.89
61-11¾
13Nikolas HUFFMAN
Kentucky [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-1018.81m
61-8½
18.81
61-8½
XX
14Riley BUDDE
Wisconsin [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0718.73m
61-5½
18.73
61-5½
XX
15Aaron CASTLE
Arizona [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0318.67m
61-3
18.22
59-9½
18.67
61-3
18.33
60-1¾
16Matthew KATNIK
USC [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-0918.63m
61-1½
18.63
61-1½
XX
17Nicolai CEBAN
Kansas [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0318.60m
61-¼
XX18.60
61-¼
18Brett NEELLY
Kansas State [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-0418.58m
60-11½
18.58
60-11½
18.52
60-9¼
18.58
60-11½
19Josh AWOTUNDE
South Carolina [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-1118.52m
60-9¼
17.86
58-7¼
17.96
58-11¼
18.52
60-9¼
20Zachary STETLER
BYU [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0818.49m
60-8
18.12
59-5½
18.49
60-8
X
21T’Mond JOHNSON
Texas State [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-0918.31m
60-1
18.06
59-3
18.31
60-1
18.00
59-¾
22Grant CARTWRIGHT
Michigan [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-1218.21m
59-9
18.08
59-4
18.21
59-9
X
23Andrew LISKOWITZ
Michigan [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-0117.57m
57-7¾
X17.57
57-7¾
X
24Josh MCDONALD
Wisconsin [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0217.09m
56-1
16.62
54-6½
17.09
56-1
16.65
54-7½

Men’s javelin: Texas A&M’s Ioannis Kyriazis earns 10 big points

Kyriazis has dominated the NCAA all season long and he capped his season with an NCAA meet record, throwing 82.58 meters (270-11) in the second round. That was easily enough to win the meet as Kyriazis’s best toss was almost 20 feet further than runner-up Nicolas Quijera.

Place ▾AthleteOrderBestRnd 1Rnd 2Rnd 3Rnd 4Rnd 5Rnd 6
1Ioannis KYRIAZIS
Texas A&M [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1182.58m
270-11
71.61
234-11
82.58
270-11
79.59
261-1
75.74
248-6
XX
2Nicolas QUIJERA
Miss State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1276.77m
251-10
71.16
233-5
73.88
242-5
76.77
251-10
73.44
240-11
70.66
231-10
75.85
248-10
3Michael SHUEY
Penn State [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0476.42m
250-9
70.47
231-2
73.13
239-11
68.43
224-6
76.42
250-9
69.45
227-10
70.77
232-2
4Alex PASCAL
Missouri [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0375.38m
247-4
68.32
224-2
72.88
239-1
75.38
247-4
X66.45
218-0
69.59
228-3
5Matti MORTIMORE
N. Dakota St. [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0874.33m
243-10
67.97
223-0
70.79
232-3
74.20
243-5
71.79
235-6
74.33
243-10
70.73
232-0
6Sindri GUDMUNDSSON
Utah State [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-0173.28m
240-5
70.74
232-1
73.28
240-5
73.26
240-4
71.00
232-11
X62.02
203-6
7Curtis THOMPSON
Miss State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0972.47m
237-9
64.37
211-2
72.47
237-9
71.43
234-4
70.16
230-2
72.34
237-4
70.95
232-9
8Chris MIRABELLI
Rutgers [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1071.68m
235-2
70.07
229-10
71.68
235-2
X68.39
224-4
70.57
231-6
X
9Ryan KERR
Penn State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0170.71m
232-0
64.35
211-1
69.48
227-11
70.71
232-0
XXX
10McLean LIPSCHUTZ
Alabama [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0869.41m
227-8
69.03
226-5
X69.41
227-8
11Sam HARDIN
Texas A&M [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0769.34m
227-6
69.34
227-6
X67.36
221-0
12Cody DANIELSON
Oregon [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0569.31m
227-4
69.31
227-4
X64.57
211-10
13Michael CRITICOS
Memphis [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0269.18m
227-0
67.85
222-7
69.18
227-0
66.73
218-11
14Adrian MITCHELL
Albany [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-0268.54m
224-10
65.73
215-7
67.63
221-10
68.54
224-10
15Matthew KUSKEY
UC Santa Barbara [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0468.25m
223-11
XX68.25
223-11
16Simon LITZELL
UCLA [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-0967.62m
221-10
X64.82
212-8
67.62
221-10
17Werner BOUWER
Texas Tech [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-0767.60m
221-9
64.59
211-11
67.14
220-3
67.60
221-9
18Michael BIDDLE
Penn State [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-0666.95m
219-8
66.95
219-8
XX
19Reinhard VAN ZYL
Missouri [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0566.86m
219-4
64.16
210-6
66.86
219-4
66.69
218-9
20Emron GIBBS
Southern Miss. [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0666.76m
219-0
66.76
219-0
65.61
215-3
65.58
215-2
21Seth DERR
Nebraska [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-1066.05m
216-8
66.05
216-8
X65.37
214-5
22Ethan SHALAWAY
Kentucky [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-1165.02m
213-4
65.02
213-4
X63.63
208-9
23Marian SPANNOWSKY
UCLA [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-1264.90m
212-11
61.99
203-4
64.90
212-11
X
24Tucker RIZZI
William and Mary [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0360.91m
199-10
X60.91
199-10
60.49
198-5

Men’s pole vault: Akron sophomore Matthew Ludwig takes down indoor champ Chris Nilsen

Ludwig was faced with a do-or-die final attempt at 5.60 meters: make it and he was NCAA champion, miss it and he would finish second to Cincinnati’s Adrian Valles. Ludwig made it, clearing the bar and becoming Akron’s second NCAA pole vault champ in three years (Shawn Barber won in 2015, clearing the same height before winning Worlds later that summer).

 ▾5.15m5.30m5.45m5.55m5.60m5.75m
PlacePosAthleteBest16-10¾17-4½17-10½18-2½18-4½18-10¼
119Matthew LUDWIG
Akron [SO]
5.60m
18-4½
———OXOOXXOXXR
216Adrian VALLES
Cincinnati [JR]
5.55m
18-2½
———XOOOXXX
315Chris NILSEN
South Dakota [FR]
5.45m
17-10½
———OOXXX
37Hussain ALHIZAM
Kansas [SO]
5.45m
17-10½
———OOXXX
56Cole WALSH
Oregon [JR]
5.45m
17-10½
OXOOXXX
52Jacob WOOTEN
Texas A&M [SO]
5.45m
17-10½
XOOOXXX
724Audie WYATT
Texas A&M [JR]
5.45m
17-10½
OXOXOXXX
84Sean COLLINS
South Alabama [SO]
5.45m
17-10½
XXOOXOXXX
920Nate RICHARTZ
Notre Dame [JR]
5.45m
17-10½
XOXOXXOXXX
108Devin KING
SE Louisiana [JR]
5.30m
17-4½
———OXXX
1114Barrett POTH
Texas [JR]
5.30m
17-4½
XOOXXX
1212Will HERRSCHER
Alabama [SO]
5.30m
17-4½
———XOXXX
129Jake ALBRIGHT
Kansas [SR]
5.30m
17-4½
———XOXXX
1413Noah GARY
Michigan State [JR]
5.30m
17-4½
XOXOXXX
1521Sean CLARKE
Penn [FR]
5.30m
17-4½
OXXOXXX
165Garrett STARKEY
Arizona State [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
OXXX
1610Brad JOHNSON
Virginia Tech [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
OXXX
1822Everette FAVOR
Oklahoma [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XOXXX
1817Carl JOHANSSON
Texas A&M [JR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XOXXX
2011Connor HALL
Duke [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XXOXXX
2018Rashid COULIBALY
Wisconsin [FR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XXOXXX
NH1Armand WOODLEY
South Carolina [SO]
NH
XXX
NH23August KILES
Princeton [JR]
NH
XXX
NH3Antonio RUIZ
Stephen F. Austin [SO]
NH
———XXX

Men’s hammer: Cornell’s Rudy Winkler becomes first Ivy Leaguer to win hammer since 1962

Winkler, an Olympian and the 2016 U.S. champion, moved up one spot from his runner-up finish in 2016 to claim the title with a winning toss of 74.12 meters (243-2) during the third round.

Place ▾AthleteOrderBestRnd 1Rnd 2Rnd 3Rnd 4Rnd 5Rnd 6
1Rudy WINKLER
Cornell [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-1274.12m
243-2
69.98
229-7
69.72
228-9
74.12
243-2
X72.72
238-7
73.30
240-6
2Alexander YOUNG
SE Louisiana [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0673.66m
241-8
X65.78
215-10
70.65
231-9
71.51
234-7
70.52
231-4
73.66
241-8
3Gleb DUDAREV
Kansas [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-0173.44m
240-11
70.15
230-2
68.88
226-0
71.37
234-2
71.50
234-7
71.68
235-2
73.44
240-11
4Hilmar ORN JONSSON
Virginia [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-0472.38m
237-5
70.10
230-0
71.86
235-9
XXX72.38
237-5
5Denzel COMENENTIA
Georgia [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-1171.75m
235-4
X71.75
235-4
XXX70.00
229-8
6Johnnie JACKSON
LSU [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0271.72m
235-4
68.77
225-7
69.81
229-0
71.72
235-4
X70.28
230-7
X
7Alex POURSANIDIS
Georgia [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0971.44m
234-4
68.46
224-7
70.54
231-5
71.44
234-4
69.71
228-8
70.42
231-0
69.11
226-9
8Joseph ELLIS
Michigan [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-0670.33m
230-9
69.08
226-8
X70.33
230-9
70.15
230-2
X68.37
224-3
9Jordan YOUNG
Virginia [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-1069.71m
228-8
66.01
216-7
X69.44
227-10
66.95
219-8
68.87
225-11
69.71
228-8
10Dempsey MCGUIGAN
Ole Miss [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-1169.14m
226-10
67.40
221-1
X69.14
226-10
11Adam KEENAN
Northern Arizona [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-0768.98m
226-4
67.33
220-10
64.20
210-7
68.98
226-4
12Cameron BROWN
Tennessee [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-1268.55m
224-11
66.87
219-4
68.55
224-11
65.98
216-6
13Joshua HERNANDEZ
Sam Houston St. [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-0866.95m
219-8
66.95
219-8
X65.37
214-5
14Brock EAGER
Washington St. [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-0366.16m
217-1
X66.16
217-1
65.99
216-6
15Seth WHITENER
Tennessee [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-0866.14m
217-0
X66.14
217-0
65.44
214-8
16Cristian RAVAR LADISLAU
Arkansas State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-0565.33m
214-4
X65.33
214-4
64.08
210-3
17Trevor TROUTMAN
Louisville [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0965.09m
213-6
65.09
213-6
X62.45
204-10
18Austin RIDDLE
Rice [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-1064.94m
213-1
64.41
211-4
64.47
211-6
64.94
213-1
19Riley BUDDE
Wisconsin [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0463.15m
207-2
X59.99
196-10
63.15
207-2
20Mitch DIXON
Kansas State [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0162.91m
206-4
62.04
203-6
62.91
206-4
62.23
204-2
21Brady GRUNDER
Kansas State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0562.71m
205-9
X62.71
205-9
X
22Kyle SMITH
Kansas State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-0761.54m
201-11
60.82
199-6
58.89
193-2
61.54
201-11
23Austin COOK
Texas A&M [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0360.00m
196-10
X60.00
196-10
59.36
194-9
24Cullen PRENA
Oregon [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-0259.75m
196-0
X59.75
196-0
X

 


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