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2009 NCAA Outdoor Track And Field Championships Day 1
800, Steeple, 5000m prelims, 100m first and second rounds.
The big story on day 1 was a 3 hour and 15 minute rain delay that pushed everything late into the night. The men's 5k, featuring Galen Rupp, didn't get underway until 12:40 am. Recaps of the main track action below.
Men's 800 Round 1 Goes According To Form
The big surprise in the men's 800 happened two weeks ago at the Regional Meet when defending NCAA champ Jacob Hernandez did not run due to a hamstring injury.
On day 1, things largely went according to form. With Hernandez's absence, the heavy favorite, 2008 Olympian Andrew Wheating of Oregon easiliy advanced to the semifinals. Wheating moved near the front with 200 to go and powered home the final straight for a very comfortable 1:49.42 win in heat 3, with a fast 53.29 second lap after a slow 56.1 opener.
With Hernandez out, the biggest challenger to Wheating may be Hernandez's Texas teammate, Tevan Everett. Everett used his customary frontrunning style to win heat 1 in 1:47.77 (52.47 opener).
In heat 2, Baylor's Chris Gowell, a finalist indoors, got the win in 1:47.87 as Mideast regional Champ Chris Bilbrew of Arkansas ran 1:49.27 and didn't advance on his home track.
The runners saved the best action for last as in heat 4, Aussie Ryan Foster of Penn State ran a huge personal best of 1:47.57 (his best before this was 1:48.7) to advance to the semis (interview with Ryan below) as 4 guys dipped under 1:48. Arkansas' Alex McClary was only fifth out of six in 1:48.25 but advanced to the next round on time.
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Tevan Everett SR Texas 1:47.77Q 2 Cory Primm SO UCLA 1:47.99Q 3 Dominic Tanui SR Texas-El Paso 1:48.01Q 4 Donte Holmes SO Delaware State 1:48.05q 5 Jason Collett SR Kansas State 1:48.65q 6 Tevas Everett JR Texas 1:48.93 7 Francis Gadayan SR California 1:53.46 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Chris Gowell JR Baylor 1:47.87Q 2 Tyler Mulder SR Northern Iowa 1:48.00Q 3 Adam Hairston JR Iowa 1:48.53Q 4 Zach Beth SO Wisconsin 1:48.57q 5 Robert Novak SR Seton Hall 1:48.85q 6 Chris Bilbrew SO Arkansas 1:49.27 7 Dan White SO Ohio State 1:51.74 Heat 3 Preliminaries 1 Andrew Wheating JR Oregon 1:49.42Q 2 Carlos Phillips SR Florida 1:49.65Q 3 Irek Sekretarski SR Southern California 1:49.77Q 4 Blake Shaw FR Southern California 1:50.34 5 Jamaal James JR LSU 1:50.43 6 Jeff Moriarty SO Columbia 1:51.26 7 Emerson Peacock FR Tennessee 1:52.61 Heat 4 Preliminaries 1 Ryan Foster SO Penn State 1:47.57Q 2 Sean Tully SR Villanova 1:47.59Q 3 Richard Jones SO LSU 1:47.62Q 4 Lance Roller FR Virginia 1:47.88q 5 Alex McClary SR Arkansas 1:48.24q 6 Joe Franklin FR Tennessee 1:49.19
Things went largely to form in round 1 of the women's 800 as the favorites advanced.
In heat 1, defending NCAA Champ Geena Gall of Michigan got the win in 2:04.94.
Heat 2 was the Tennessee show. The Vols set a world record indoors in the DMR, swept the Penn Relays distance relays, and went 1-2 in heat 2 with Phoebe Wright leading the way over her freshman teammate Chanelle Price.
In Heat 3, FSU's Pilar McShine got the win over last year's runner-up LaTavia Thomas of LSU.
In heat 4, veteran Heather Dorniden (indoor champ in 2006) got the win over this year's champ Lacey Cramer.
Men's 100m: First Round Sizzles
The men's 100m saw sizzling times in the first round run with a legal tailwind. Then the rains came, a slight headwind, and we saw how much difference cooler temperatures and the wind makes as the semifina;s were much slower than round 1.
In the first heat of the Men's 100m first round, LSU's Trindon Holliday ran a remarkable 10.00 right on the nose. His wind-legal run ties him with Walter Dix and Travis Padgett for the 4th-best performance in the world this year and makes him the fastest active footballer of all time.
Right after him in heat two, Clemson's Jacoby Ford came close to outrunning his rival with a 10.01. He is now tied for 7th-best world performer of the year in the 100m.
After a third heat won by Florida JR Jeremy Hall in 10.19, D'Angelo Cherry of Mississippi St. ran 10.04 in the fourth and final of the quarterfinal heats.
In all, 6 men ran under 10.20 in the quarterfinal round of the Men's 100m. All had legal but significant tailwinds between 1.4 and 1.7m/sec.
In summary Round 1:
Holliday JR LSU 10.00
Heat 1 Preliminaries Wind: 1.4 1 Trindon Holliday JR LSU 10.00Q 2 Terrell Wilks SO Florida 10.18Q 3 J-Mee Samuels SR Arkansas 10.22Q [10.219] 4 Ray Jadusingh JR Alabama 10.31q [10.309] 5 Justin Woods SR Washington State 10.35 6 Dante Sales FR Bethune-Cookman 10.36 7 Mookie Salaam FR Oklahoma 10.45 Heat 2 Preliminaries Wind: 0.9 1 Jacoby Ford SO Clemson 10.01Q 2 Ahmad Rashad JR Southern California 10.24Q 3 Caleso Newman JR North Carolina A&T 10.29Q [10.289] 4 Rondel Sorrillo JR Kentucky 10.30q [10.294] 5 Jonathan Hancock JR South Carolina 10.31q [10.310] 6 Trey Harts JR Baylor 10.49 7 Zye Boey FR Eastern Illinois 10.50 Heat 3 Preliminaries Wind: 0.9 1 Jeremy Hall JR Florida 10.19Q 2 Adam Harris SR Michigan 10.22Q [10.214] 3 CJ Spiller JR Clemson 10.30Q [10.296] 4 Evander Wells JR Tennessee 10.39 5 Andon Mitchell SR TCU 10.42 6 Otis McDaniel SR TCU 10.46 7 DeShawn Waters JR Northridge 10.66 8 Kellan Patterson SR California 10.73 Heat 4 Preliminaries Wind: 1.7 1 D'Angelo Cherry FR Mississippi State 10.04Q 2 Gerald Phiri SO Texas A&M 10.15Q 3 Cordero Gray SO Texas-Arlington 10.28Q 4 Reggie Dixon FR Hampton 10.29q [10.284] 5 Justin Murdock FR Clemson 10.30q [10.299] 6 Mike Myer SR Kansas State 10.33q 7 Allante Battle FR Arizona State 10.68
The semis were a lot slower due to the significant tail wind becoming a slight head wind and a drop in temperature (ever wonder why sprint times are so slow in the UK every summer?) but still showed the final likely will be a contest between Holliday and Ford with Cherry having an outside shot.
Heat 1 Semi-Finals Wind: -0.3 1 Jacoby Ford SO Clemson 10.26Q 2 D'Angelo Cherry FR Mississippi State 10.34Q 3 Terrell Wilks SO Florida 10.35Q 4 Adam Harris SR Michigan 10.37Q 5 Rondel Sorrillo JR Kentucky 10.38q 6 Cordero Gray SO Texas-Arlington 10.41 7 Caleso Newman JR North Carolina A&T 10.47 8 Mike Myer SR Kansas State 10.56 9 Justin Murdock FR Clemson 10.66 Heat 2 Semi-Finals Wind: -0.1 1 Trindon Holliday JR LSU 10.14Q 2 Gerald Phiri SO Texas A&M 10.27Q 3 Ahmad Rashad JR Southern California 10.28Q 4 Reggie Dixon FR Hampton 10.33Q 5 J-Mee Samuels SR Arkansas 10.43 6 CJ Spiller JR Clemson 10.48 7 Jonathan Hancock JR South Carolina 10.49 8 Ray Jadusingh JR Alabama 10.50 -- Jeremy Hall JR Florida FS
Women's 100m First Round
Texas senior Alexandria Anderson (17-time All-American heading into the meet) kicked off the 100m quarterfinal heats with the 4th best performance in the world this year at 11.02. Anderson now sits behind only Kerron Stewart and Carmelita Jeter on the world lists.
Miami senior sprint star Murielle Ahoure (#1 time in the world indoors in the 200m in 2009) ran in the next heat and ran a solid 11.17 for the win. Three other girls ran 11.14. Baylor's Tiffany Townsend, Texas A&M's Porscha Lucas and LSU's Samantha Henry.
Heat 1 Preliminaries Wind: 1.6 1 Tiffany Townsend SO Baylor 11.14Q [11.136] 2 Gabby Mayo SO Texas A&M 11.18Q 3 Kenyanna Wilson SO LSU 11.20Q [11.193] 4 LaKya Brookins SO South Carolina 11.20q [11.197] 5 Sherrina Lofton JR Northridge 11.55 [11.546] 6 Griffin Matthew JR Stanford 11.55 [11.548] Heat 2 Preliminaries Wind: 0.7 1 Porscha Lucas JR Texas A&M 11.14Q [11.138] 2 Charonda Williams SR Arizona State 11.32Q 3 Monique Cabral SR LSU 11.45Q [11.444] 4 Terra Evans FR Texas Tech 11.45q [11.447] 5 Lynne Layne JR Tennessee 11.48q 6 Gabby Glenn SO South Carolina 11.60 [11.595] 7 Trisha Anne Hawthorne SO Connecticut 11.68 Heat 3 Preliminaries Wind: 1.4 1 Alexandria Anderson SR Texas 11.02Q 2 Samantha Henry JR LSU 11.14Q [11.135] 3 Blessing Okagbare JR Texas-El Paso 11.22Q 4 Scottesha Miller SO Oklahoma 11.40q 5 Dominique' Maloy SO Arizona State 11.51 6 Dianne Munroe SR Bethune-Cookman 11.58 7 Georgina Nembhard SO Georgia 11.59 Heat 4 Preliminaries Wind: 1.6 1 Murielle Ahoure SR Miami 11.17Q 2 Jessica Young JR TCU 11.21Q 3 Olivia Kizzee JR Tulane 11.43Q 4 Cherrelle Garrett SO California 11.46q 5 Kristina Davis JR LSU 11.49q 6 Karoline Koehler JR San Diego State 11.60 [11.596] 7 Lamarra Currie SR Charlotte 11.67
Semis Much Slower Due To Colder Weather, Headwind, But Anderson Impresses
Like in the men's 100, the women's semis were much slower than round 1 due to the change in wind and drop in temperature. However, Alexandria Anderson of Texas was nearly a full tenth better than everyone else and is the one to beat in the final.
Heat 1 Semi-Finals Wind: -1.1 1 Jessica Young JR TCU 11.38Q 2 Blessing Okagbare JR Texas-El Paso 11.58Q 3 Porscha Lucas JR Texas A&M 11.60Q 4 Gabby Mayo SO Texas A&M 11.62Q 5 Tiffany Townsend SO Baylor 11.63 6 Scottesha Miller SO Oklahoma 11.67 7 Olivia Kizzee JR Tulane 11.70 8 Kristina Davis JR LSU 11.82 9 Terra Evans FR Texas Tech 11.98 Heat 2 Semi-Finals Wind: -1.0 1 Alexandria Anderson SR Texas 11.29Q 2 Kenyanna Wilson SO LSU 11.42Q 3 Samantha Henry JR LSU 11.44Q 4 Murielle Ahoure SR Miami 11.53Q 5 Charonda Williams SR Arizona State 11.55q 6 LaKya Brookins SO South Carolina 11.56 7 Monique Cabral SR LSU 11.72 8 Cherrelle Garrett SO California 11.77 9 Lynne Layne JR Tennessee 11.78
Women's Steeple: Barringer Returns
The story of this event was Jenny Barringer stepping back on the track for her first time since her stunning 3:59 1,500 at the Prefontaine Classic on Sunday.
Barringer, who received 100% of the votes in the LetsRun.com NCAA Prediction Contest (the first athlete ever to do so), opened up a big lead the first 200m and then maintained that lead the rest of the way. Afterwards, we and others got an 8-minute interview with her where she talks about her incredible 3:59 and holding all the NCAA records from 1,500 to 5k.
Barringer said her first goal is to win the final and she remembers her freshman year when she ran a 20 second PB to get the win so she is not counting anyone out.
Her most likely challenger should be Nicole Bush, who almost made the Olympic team last year and ran a 9:49.35 to win heat 2.
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Jennifer Barringer SR Colorado 9:57.75Q 2 Silje Fjortoft SO Southern Methodist 10:05.70Q 3 Mel Lawrence FR Washington 10:05.73Q 4 Zsofia Erdelyi SO Southern California 10:05.92Q 5 Sarah Pease SO Indiana 10:06.05Q 6 Emma Coburn FR Colorado 10:06.21q 7 Patricia Loughlin SR Duke 10:08.26q 8 Danielle Bradley JR Baylor 10:12.98q 9 Sarah Price SR Michigan State 10:23.10 10 Nell Rojas JR Northern Arizona 10:24.76 11 Terry Phillips SO Missouri State 10:29.16 12 Sarah Morrison SO Villanova 10:37.14 13 Betsy Graney SO William & Mary 10:46.52 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Nicole Bush SR Michigan State 9:49.35Q 2 Bridget Franek JR Penn State 9:49.49Q 3 Lennie Waite SR Rice 9:50.48Q 4 Erin Bedell JR Baylor 9:56.19Q 5 Stephanie Garcia JR Virginia 10:13.40Q 6 Claire Michel SO Oregon 10:13.56q 7 Chantelle Groenewoud SO Illinois 10:17.37 8 Ashley Higginson SO Princeton 10:17.48 9 Hannah Davidson FR Providence 10:24.83 10 Addie Bracy SR North Carolina 10:33.45 11 Stephanie Pancoast JR Cornell 10:37.38 -- Rachel Carrizales SR Nebraska DNF -- Emilie Amaro FR Stanford DNF
Men's Steeple: BYU Impresses
All the favorites advanced as 2 BYU runners, Kyle Perry and Richard Nelson, won the semifinals.
Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Kyle Perry SR Brigham Young 8:37.05Q 2 Jake Morse SR Texas 8:39.53Q 3 Kyle Heath SR Syracuse 8:40.05Q 4 Hillary Bor SO Iowa State 8:41.12Q 5 Gilbert Limo SO Texas Tech 8:41.85Q 6 Scott MacPherson SR Arkansas 8:43.96q 7 Stephen Lisgo JR Butler 8:45.40q 8 Ricardo Estremera SR Albany 8:48.72q 9 David Adams SO Nebraska 8:49.51 10 Mark Korir SR Wyoming 8:49.60 11 Sam Ahlbeck JR Washington State 8:49.88 12 Chris Mocko SR Stanford 9:02.27 13 Adrien Dannemiller SO Cornell 9:04.96 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Richard Nelson JR Brigham Young 8:41.85Q 2 Ryan Gasper JR Wisconsin 8:44.32Q 3 Corey Thorne SR Louisville 8:44.39Q 4 Donald Cowart SR Virginia Military 8:44.66Q 5 Josh Karanja SR Eastern Michigan 8:45.08Q 6 Chris Winter SR Oregon 8:45.87q 7 Matt Hughes SO Louisville 8:49.89 8 Brian Parr JR Nebraska 8:50.24 9 Christian Thompson SO Colorado 8:50.32 10 Steven Finley SO Virginia 8:56.13 11 Jeff Randall SR Columbia 9:01.71 12 Steve Strickland JR Utah State 9:04.51
Event 27 Women 5000 Meter Run ================================================================ 2 Heats. Advance top 6 from each heat plus next best 4 times. One waterfall line. American: 14:44.80 4/14/2007 Shalane Flanagan, Nike College Best: 15:07.56 7/4/1985 Cathy Easker, Wisconsin NCAA Meet: 15:15.08 6/13/2008 Sally Kipyego, Texas Tech Name Year School Prelims ================================================================ Heat 1 Preliminaries 1 Nicole Blood JR Oregon 16:15.38Q 2 Marie-Louise Asselin SO West Virginia 16:17.49Q 3 Kellyn Johnson SR Wichita State 16:18.84Q 4 Katie Follett JR Washington 16:22.69Q 5 Emily Anderson JR William & Mary 16:27.13Q 6 Irine Lagat SR Arizona 16:30.81Q 7 Anna Nosenko SO Wake Forest 16:33.44q 8 Holly VanDalen SO Stony Brook-SUNY 16:35.92 9 Kate Niehaus SO Stanford 16:48.89 10 Christine Kalmer SR Arkansas 16:51.25 11 Allison Pye SO Rice 16:53.60 12 Nicol Traynor SO Richmond 17:04.18 13 Jackie Areson JR Tennessee 17:16.87 14 Genevieve LaCaze FR Florida 17:46.21 Heat 2 Preliminaries 1 Lisa Senakiewich SR Michigan State 16:13.69Q 2 Betsy Saina FR Iowa State 16:16.70Q 3 Frances Koons SR Villanova 16:16.96Q 4 Angela Bizzarri JR Illinois 16:17.39Q 5 Janet Jesang JR Western Kentucky 16:19.69Q 6 Denise Bargiachi SR Arkansas 16:20.35Q 7 Alex Becker JR Tulsa 16:23.38q 8 Amanda Marino SO Villanova 16:25.33q 9 Gwen Jorgensen SR Wisconsin 16:33.78q 10 Veronica Pohl JR Northern Arizona 16:37.47 11 Lillian Badaru SO Texas Tech 16:38.31 12 Jenna Kingma SR Arizona State 16:46.20 13 Callie Wells SR Rice 16:47.85
Men's 5k: Rupp Starts It Off Super Easy
LetsRun.com fans watching online had to stay up late (1:40 am on the East coast) to watch Galen Rupp begin his quest for his fifth and sixth NCAA titles. Hard to believe that Rupp had 0 NCAA titles to start the year and that as late as October 16th 47.8% of you thought he would never win a title (we had a LetsRun.com poll on that day: Will Rupp ever win an NCAA Title?).
Rupp was in the first heat that ended up being led much of the way by Stanford's Elliott Heath and NAU's David McNeill. Rupp sat comfortably in last place running on the rail as the tight pack clicked off 69-second laps for the first 3,200m, which they passed in about 9:12. With a mile to go, things picked up. Rupp moved to the front of the pack as they clicked off 67, then 65, then 61 before a 58-second closing lap for most of the top 6 runners.
The leading 6 closed the last 1,600m in about 4:12 and Rupp looked really relaxed. McNeill took the win and Princeton's Mike Maag was the last auto qualifier in 13:59.
Rupp could not have asked for better conditions or a better heat. He did have to stay up later, but the weather was much cooler and calm. The pace of the race was steady and slow before he easily turned it on for a quick last 800m. In just a few hours he hopes to defeat a 27:28 10k runners in Sam Chelanga, so a cake walk in the 5,000m prelims certainly helps.
The second heat of the men's 5,000m was very similar to the first. The pace was even, around 69 seconds per lap, before a faster last mile. But the top group, led by Minnesota standout Hassan Mead, didn't have the finishing speed of the first heat. They were a few seconds slower, and Oklahoma State's Ryan Vail was passed at the line by two other runners to miss out on an auto spot for the final.
After some anxious moments, Vail did get a time spot with his 14:02, a relief for the kid who was the top American senior cross-country runner earlier in the year in Amman, Jordan.
Event 7 Men 5,000 Meter Run 2 Heats. Advance top 6 from each heat plus next best 4 times.
Heat 1 Preliminaries
Heat 2 Preliminaries
Other track action included semis of the 4 x 100, and round 1 of the 400s and 400 hurdles.
The team batle went largely as expected after Oregon's Ashton Eaton staved off disaster and got in a legal jump on his third an final jump of the long jump. He went on to have his biggest score after Day 1 of a decathlon.