NCAA Outdoor Champs Day 1 (Wed) Field Event Recaps
Shot Put, LJ, PV, HJ, Jav, Decathlon and Hammer get started.
June 10, 2009
Men's Shot Put Qualifying
Arizona State's Ryan Whiting led all qualifiers with a 20.91m (68') throw on his first attempt. Arizona's Zack Lloyd was second while Manhattan's Milan Jotanovich was 4th at 19.04m.
Only 4 men cracked 19m in the qualifying round.
Women's Shot Put Qualifying
Arizona State holds the lead in both genders' shot put competitions heading into day 2 as Sarah Stevens unleashed a 56'10" throw on her first attempt to easily best the field.
Men's Long Jump Qualifying
Both Arkansas and Texas A&M qualified 2 men for the final led by Razorback Alain Bailey 7.96m (2nd) and Aggie Julian Reid (3rd).
But the story of the men's long jump was a huge jump by Cal Northridge SO Reindell Cole who jumped a barely wind-aided 8.21m (+2.1m/sec). Arkansas' Bailey had the longest non wind-aided jump in the NCAA's this year at 8.06.
Women's Long Jump Qualifying
The women's long jump is set for an exciting finish as the top-8 finalists enter the final separated by only 8.25 inches total. The surprising leader is Oregon's Jamesha Youngblood, whose jump of 6.53m puts her in position to earn big points for the Oregon Ducks. Youngblood, who was 5th in this event indoors despite being way down on the descending order list, is followed close behind by the form chart favorites.
Men's Pole Vault Qualifying
The men's pole vault qualifying was a good one as it took 17'2" to make the final. Four men who cleared 17'2" did not advance to the final based on jumps.
Women's Pole Vault Qualifying
Coming into the competition with the best qualifying height in the NCAA, Nebraska's Natalie Willer passed the first height. Unfortunately, she missed three attempts at the next height and will not move on to the final round with a no-height performance. The other favorites progressed including Oregon soph. Melissa Gergel.
Men's High Jump Qualifying
Nothing to report in the men's high jump as all of the pre-competition favorites advanced by jumping 6'10.75".
Women's High Jump Qualifying
15 women advanced to day two courtesy of clearances of 1.77m or 5'9.75".
Men's Javelin Qualifying
USC's Corey White leads after 3 throws with a crowd-enlivening 77m throw in javelin qualifying on Wednesday. Georgia co-favorite Chris Hill is in second as he was the only other competitor to best the 70-meter mark on the day. That's right, Oregon's Cyrus Hostetler, the event favorite with an 83m pr (275') could only muster throws of 68 and 67m to qualify in 6th. He is joined by teammate Alex Wolff in the final.
Brown's Craig Kinsley, the east region champion, sits in third heading into the final.
Women's Javelin Qualifying
Important team points are at stake in this event for the Oregon Ducks and their senior Rachel Yurkovich was right in it with the top-3 throwers, ending up with a 178'3" best on the day. UTEP's Anna Wessman has the lead after day 1 with a 3-foot seasonal best 181' throw.
Overwhelming favorite Ashton Eaton from Oregon holds a commanding 230 point lead after the first day of the decathlon. But it was a perilous day for the Duck superstar, as he fouled his first two long jump attempts before winning the competition on his third attempt.
Behind Eaton are 6 competitors gunning for All-American who all have between 4028 and 4138 points.
The women's heptathlon, an event also heavy with Oregon talent, begins Thursday.
Men's Hammer Throw
The story of the hammer throw is the Georgia Bulldog squad of 3 throwers who qualified for the final. LSU's Walter Henning has the lead heading in to the final round.
Women's Hammer Throw
Stevi Large of Akron heads to the final in the lead with a throw of 215'. Probably the best thrower not to advance was Kentucky's Kristin Smith who fouled her first two throws.