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

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time 300m 700m 1100m 1500m
1 4 Craig ENGELS SR Ole Miss 3:40.07 Q 44.20 [44.20] 1:44.51 [1:00.31] 2:44.17 [59.66] 3:40.07 [55.91]
2 11 Joshua THOMPSON SR Oklahoma State 3:40.12 Q 45.26 [45.26] 1:45.10 [59.85] 2:44.30 [59.20] 3:40.12 [55.83]
3 9 Blake HANEY JR Oregon 3:40.40 Q 44.36 [44.36] 1:44.88 [1:00.52] 2:44.23 [59.35] 3:40.40 [56.18]
4 6 Neil GOURLEY JR Virginia Tech 3:40.52 Q 44.15 [44.15] 1:44.73 [1:00.59] 2:44.42 [59.70] 3:40.52 [56.10]
5 2 Ben SAAREL JR Colorado 3:40.71 Q 43.99 [43.99] 1:44.24 [1:00.26] 2:43.97 [59.73] 3:40.71 [56.74]
6 12 Jeff THIES JR Portland 3:40.73 q 45.13 [45.13] 1:45.16 [1:00.04] 2:44.77 [59.61] 3:40.73 [55.96]
7 8 Andrew DUSING SR Miami (Ohio) 3:40.99 q 44.86 [44.86] 1:45.37 [1:00.52] 2:44.50 [59.13] 3:40.99 [56.50]
8 5 Kyle BURDICK SO South Dakota St. 3:43.78 44.72 [44.72] 1:45.30 [1:00.59] 2:44.48 [59.18] 3:43.78 [59.31]
9 3 Alex RIBA JR Texas A&M 3:44.14 44.78 [44.78] 1:45.52 [1:00.75] 2:45.09 [59.58] 3:44.14 [59.05]
10 10 Trevor REINHART SO Yale 3:45.39 44.51 [44.51] 1:45.38 [1:00.88] 2:46.33 [1:00.95] 3:45.39 [59.07]
11 7 Rob NAPOLITANO SR Columbia 3:46.50 44.48 [44.48] 1:44.91 [1:00.43] 2:44.37 [59.46] 3:46.50 [1:02.14]
12 1 Ryan ADAMS SO Furman 3:49.48 44.67 [44.67] 1:45.22 [1:00.56] 2:45.82 [1:00.60] 3:49.48 [1:03.67]

Heat 2 results

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time 300m 700m 1100m 1500m
1 3 Josh KERR SO New Mexico 3:44.60 Q 44.22 [44.22] 1:47.96 [1:03.75] 2:49.23 [1:01.27] 3:44.60 [55.37]
2 10 Justine KIPROTICH SO Michigan State 3:44.74 Q 44.39 [44.39] 1:48.13 [1:03.74] 2:49.45 [1:01.33] 3:44.74 [55.29]
3 8 Craig NOWAK SR Oklahoma State 3:44.79 Q 44.85 [44.85] 1:48.34 [1:03.49] 2:49.62 [1:01.28] 3:44.79 [55.17]
4 6 David TIMLIN SR Indiana State 3:44.83 Q 45.12 [45.12] 1:48.83 [1:03.72] 2:49.94 [1:01.12] 3:44.83 [54.89]
5 4 Vincent CIATTEI JR Virginia Tech 3:44.88 Q 44.12 [44.12] 1:47.92 [1:03.80] 2:49.33 [1:01.42] 3:44.88 [55.55]
6 5 Daniel GAGNE JR Bradley 3:45.04 44.90 [44.90] 1:48.53 [1:03.64] 2:49.78 [1:01.25] 3:45.04 [55.27]
7 7 Tim GORMAN SR Oregon 3:45.24 44.28 [44.28] 1:48.12 [1:03.85] 2:49.50 [1:01.38] 3:45.24 [55.74]
8 9 James GOWANS SR Cornell 3:45.39 44.63 [44.63] 1:48.51 [1:03.88] 2:49.57 [1:01.06] 3:45.39 [55.83]
9 2 Matt DORSEY SR Air Force 3:45.41 44.75 [44.75] 1:48.45 [1:03.70] 2:50.03 [1:01.59] 3:45.41 [55.38]
10 11 Chase HORROCKS SR BYU 3:45.92 44.49 [44.49] 1:48.21 [1:03.73] 2:49.81 [1:01.60] 3:45.92 [56.12]
11 12 Robbie FARNHAM-ROSE SR Alabama 3:50.51 44.68 [44.68] 1:48.66 [1:03.99] 2:50.11 [1:01.45] 3:50.51 [1:00.41]
DNF 1 William PAULSON JR Princeton 44.52 [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

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time 400m 800m
1 4 Emmanuel KORIR FR UTEP 1:46.63 Q 51.74 [51.74] 1:46.63 [54.90]
2 2 Devin DIXON FR Texas A&M 1:47.00 Q 51.88 [51.88] 1:47.00 [55.12]
3 6 Clay LAMBOURNE JR Utah State 1:47.19 52.65 [52.65] 1:47.19 [54.55]
4 1 Jeffrey MOORE JR Sam Houston St. 1:47.40 52.05 [52.05] 1:47.40 [55.36]
5 3 Isaiah JEWETT SO UC Irvine 1:47.43 52.12 [52.12] 1:47.43 [55.31]
6 5 Nate ROESE SR Minnesota 1:47.61 52.61 [52.61] 1:47.61 [55.00]
7 8 Charles JONES JR Texas Tech 1:48.46 51.47 [51.47] 1:48.46 [57.00]
8 7 Mitch HECHSEL SR Minnesota 1:48.52 52.39 [52.39] 1:48.52 [56.13]

Heat 2 results

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time 400m 800m
1 5 Drew PIAZZA SR Virginia Tech 1:46.75 Q 52.81 [52.81] 1:46.75 [53.94]
2 3 Robert HEPPENSTALL SO Wake Forest 1:47.16 Q 52.90 [52.90] 1:47.16 [54.27]
3 2 Patrick JOSEPH JR Virginia Tech 1:47.56 52.47 [52.47] 1:47.56 [55.09]
4 1 Carlton ORANGE SO Arkansas 1:47.56 52.68 [52.68] 1:47.56 [54.89]
5 6 Avery BARTLETT SO Georgia Tech 1:47.84 53.22 [53.22] 1:47.84 [54.63]
6 4 Strymar LIVINGSTON SR Kansas 1:48.17 52.58 [52.58] 1:48.17 [55.60]
7 8 John LEWIS SO Clemson 1:48.21 52.25 [52.25] 1:48.21 [55.96]
8 7 Domenic PERRETTA FR Penn State 1:49.14 53.00 [53.00] 1:49.14 [56.15]

Heat 3 results

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time 400m 800m
1 6 Michael SARUNI FR UTEP 1:46.38 Q 53.92 [53.92] 1:46.38 [52.47]
2 4 Isaiah HARRIS SO Penn State 1:46.62 Q 53.95 [53.95] 1:46.62 [52.68]
3 2 Andres ARROYO SR Florida 1:46.89 q 53.65 [53.65] 1:46.89 [53.24]
4 5 Joseph WHITE JR Georgetown 1:47.05 q 54.07 [54.07] 1:47.05 [52.98]
5 1 Ethan HOMAN SR Boston U. 1:49.03 54.27 [54.27] 1:49.03 [54.77]
6 8 Matthew HARDING FR UNC-Asheville 1:49.71 53.75 [53.75] 1:49.71 [55.96]
7 7 Robert FORD JR USC 1:50.42 53.89 [53.89] 1:50.42 [56.54]
8 3 Eliud RUTTO SR Mid. Tenn. State 1:50.54 53.96 [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

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4 Lap 5 Lap 6 Lap 7 3000m
1 5 Benard KETER SR Texas Tech 8:43.49 Q 40.71 [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]
2 4 MJ ERB SR Ole Miss 8:43.54 Q 39.35 [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]
3 10 Troy REEDER JR Furman 8:43.57 Q 39.80 [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]
4 2 Scott CARPENTER JR Georgetown 8:43.61 Q 39.81 [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]
5 12 Dylan BLANKENBAKER SR Oklahoma 8:43.64 Q 39.64 [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]
6 9 Jamaine COLEMAN JR Eastern Kentucky 8:43.85 39.31 [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]
7 6 Obsa ALI SO Minnesota 8:49.00 40.42 [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]
8 3 Austin O’NEIL SR UCLA 8:49.52 39.52 [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]
9 1 Daniel CARNEY SO BYU 8:56.39 39.67 [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]
10 11 Robert MURPHY SR IUPUI 9:10.92 39.09 [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]
11 7 Dylan LAFOND SR Illinois 9:17.29 40.00 [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]
12 8 Khalil RMIDI KININI SR Maryland-Eastern Shore 9:32.44 40.10 [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

Pl Ln Athlete Affiliation Time Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Lap 4 Lap 5 Lap 6 Lap 7 3000m
1 7 Edwin KIBICHIY SR Louisville 8:41.07 Q 38.72 [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]
2 1 Darren FAHY SR Georgetown 8:41.31 Q 39.33 [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]
3 4 Emmanuel ROTICH SO Tulane 8:42.30 Q 40.08 [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]
4 6 Noah SCHUTTE SO Portland 8:42.85 Q 39.88 [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]
5 9 Bailey ROTH SO Arizona 8:42.92 Q 39.05 [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]
6 10 Troy FRALEY JR Gonzaga 8:43.08 q 38.81 [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]
7 5 Jacob HESLINGTON FR BYU 8:43.23 q 39.30 [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]
8 11 Willy FINK SR Eastern Michigan 8:52.45 38.95 [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]
9 12 Mitchell BRIGGS SR BYU 8:57.24 39.57 [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]
10 2 Johannes MOTSCHMANN JR Iona 9:01.28 39.66 [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]
11 8 Graham THOMAS SR New Mexico 9:01.75 39.00 [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]
12 3 Aidan TOOKER FR Syracuse 9:02.33 39.07 [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.

 

Place Athlete Affiliation Best Mark Flight (Pl)
1 KeAndre BATES JR Florida 8.05m (26-5 ) -1.1 2 (3)
2 Grant HOLLOWAY FR Florida 8.00m (26-3 ) -0.5 2 (1)
3 Will WILLIAMS JR Texas A&M 7.96m (26-1½ ) +0.3 2 (2)
4 Terrell MCCLAIN JR Akron 7.80m (25-7¼ ) +2.2 2 (7)
5 Chris MCBRIDE SO Clemson 7.71m (25-3½ ) +0.2 2 (4)
6 Eric SLOAN JR USC 7.65m (25-1¼ ) +0.9 2 (5)
7 Carlos BECKER FR Florida State 7.63m (25-½ ) +0.7 1 (1)
8 Andreas TRAJKOVSKI SR Arkansas 7.62m (25-0 ) +0.4 2 (6)
9 Jacob FINCHAM-DUKES SO Oklahoma State 7.61m (24-11¾ ) +0.1 2 (8)
10 O’Brien WASOME FR Texas 7.58m (24-10½ ) +1.5 1 (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 ▾ Athlete Order Best Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6
1 Filip MIHALJEVIC
Virginia [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-02 21.30m
69-10¾
20.50
67-3¼
X 21.08
69-2
X X 21.30
69-10¾
2 Mostafa HASSAN
Colorado St. [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-06 20.38m
66-10½
20.23
66-4½
19.21
63-¼
X X 19.54
64-1¼
20.38
66-10½
3 Nicholas DEMALINE
Ohio State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-04 20.08m
65-10½
X 19.21
63-¼
20.08
65-10½
X X X
4 Oghenakpobo EFEKORO
Virginia [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-05 19.70m
64-7¾
18.14
59-6¼
X 19.40
63-7¾
19.70
64-7¾
19.41
63-8¼
18.95
62-2¼
5 Denzel COMENENTIA
Georgia [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-11 19.63m
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
6 Nicholas PONZIO
USC [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-05 19.53m
64-1
18.88
61-11½
19.53
64-1
19.03
62-5¼
18.73
61-5½
X 19.21
63-¼
7 Peter SIMON
California [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-10 19.49m
63-11½
X 19.49
63-11½
19.10
62-8
19.05
62-6
18.68
61-3½
19.23
63-1¼
8 Alex RENNER
N. Dakota St. [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-07 19.26m
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
9 Willie MORRISON
Indiana [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-08 18.97m
62-3
18.54
60-10
18.97
62-3
18.61
61-¾
X 18.65
61-2¼
18.34
60-2
10 Lucas WARNING
Lehigh [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-06 18.94m
62-1¾
18.79
61-7¾
18.94
62-1¾
18.77
61-7
11 Jon YOHMAN
Penn State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-12 18.91m
62-½
18.91
62-½
X 18.62
61-1¼
12 Austin DROOGSMA
Florida State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-01 18.89m
61-11¾
18.44
60-6
18.70
61-4¼
18.89
61-11¾
13 Nikolas HUFFMAN
Kentucky [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-10 18.81m
61-8½
18.81
61-8½
X X
14 Riley BUDDE
Wisconsin [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-07 18.73m
61-5½
18.73
61-5½
X X
15 Aaron CASTLE
Arizona [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-03 18.67m
61-3
18.22
59-9½
18.67
61-3
18.33
60-1¾
16 Matthew KATNIK
USC [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-09 18.63m
61-1½
18.63
61-1½
X X
17 Nicolai CEBAN
Kansas [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-03 18.60m
61-¼
X X 18.60
61-¼
18 Brett NEELLY
Kansas State [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-04 18.58m
60-11½
18.58
60-11½
18.52
60-9¼
18.58
60-11½
19 Josh AWOTUNDE
South Carolina [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-11 18.52m
60-9¼
17.86
58-7¼
17.96
58-11¼
18.52
60-9¼
20 Zachary STETLER
BYU [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-08 18.49m
60-8
18.12
59-5½
18.49
60-8
X
21 T’Mond JOHNSON
Texas State [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-09 18.31m
60-1
18.06
59-3
18.31
60-1
18.00
59-¾
22 Grant CARTWRIGHT
Michigan [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-12 18.21m
59-9
18.08
59-4
18.21
59-9
X
23 Andrew LISKOWITZ
Michigan [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-01 17.57m
57-7¾
X 17.57
57-7¾
X
24 Josh MCDONALD
Wisconsin [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-02 17.09m
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 ▾ Athlete Order Best Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6
1 Ioannis KYRIAZIS
Texas A&M [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-11 82.58m
270-11
71.61
234-11
82.58
270-11
79.59
261-1
75.74
248-6
X X
2 Nicolas QUIJERA
Miss State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-12 76.77m
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
3 Michael SHUEY
Penn State [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-04 76.42m
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
4 Alex PASCAL
Missouri [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-03 75.38m
247-4
68.32
224-2
72.88
239-1
75.38
247-4
X 66.45
218-0
69.59
228-3
5 Matti MORTIMORE
N. Dakota St. [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-08 74.33m
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
6 Sindri GUDMUNDSSON
Utah State [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-01 73.28m
240-5
70.74
232-1
73.28
240-5
73.26
240-4
71.00
232-11
X 62.02
203-6
7 Curtis THOMPSON
Miss State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-09 72.47m
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
8 Chris MIRABELLI
Rutgers [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-10 71.68m
235-2
70.07
229-10
71.68
235-2
X 68.39
224-4
70.57
231-6
X
9 Ryan KERR
Penn State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-01 70.71m
232-0
64.35
211-1
69.48
227-11
70.71
232-0
X X X
10 McLean LIPSCHUTZ
Alabama [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-08 69.41m
227-8
69.03
226-5
X 69.41
227-8
11 Sam HARDIN
Texas A&M [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-07 69.34m
227-6
69.34
227-6
X 67.36
221-0
12 Cody DANIELSON
Oregon [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-05 69.31m
227-4
69.31
227-4
X 64.57
211-10
13 Michael CRITICOS
Memphis [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-02 69.18m
227-0
67.85
222-7
69.18
227-0
66.73
218-11
14 Adrian MITCHELL
Albany [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-02 68.54m
224-10
65.73
215-7
67.63
221-10
68.54
224-10
15 Matthew KUSKEY
UC Santa Barbara [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-04 68.25m
223-11
X X 68.25
223-11
16 Simon LITZELL
UCLA [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-09 67.62m
221-10
X 64.82
212-8
67.62
221-10
17 Werner BOUWER
Texas Tech [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-07 67.60m
221-9
64.59
211-11
67.14
220-3
67.60
221-9
18 Michael BIDDLE
Penn State [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-06 66.95m
219-8
66.95
219-8
X X
19 Reinhard VAN ZYL
Missouri [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-05 66.86m
219-4
64.16
210-6
66.86
219-4
66.69
218-9
20 Emron GIBBS
Southern Miss. [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-06 66.76m
219-0
66.76
219-0
65.61
215-3
65.58
215-2
21 Seth DERR
Nebraska [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-10 66.05m
216-8
66.05
216-8
X 65.37
214-5
22 Ethan SHALAWAY
Kentucky [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-11 65.02m
213-4
65.02
213-4
X 63.63
208-9
23 Marian SPANNOWSKY
UCLA [FR]
Flight: 1
F1-12 64.90m
212-11
61.99
203-4
64.90
212-11
X
24 Tucker RIZZI
William and Mary [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-03 60.91m
199-10
X 60.91
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).

 ▾ 5.15m 5.30m 5.45m 5.55m 5.60m 5.75m
Place Pos Athlete Best 16-10¾ 17-4½ 17-10½ 18-2½ 18-4½ 18-10¼
1 19 Matthew LUDWIG
Akron [SO]
5.60m
18-4½
——— O XO O XXO XXR
2 16 Adrian VALLES
Cincinnati [JR]
5.55m
18-2½
——— XO O O XXX
3 15 Chris NILSEN
South Dakota [FR]
5.45m
17-10½
——— O O XXX
3 7 Hussain ALHIZAM
Kansas [SO]
5.45m
17-10½
——— O O XXX
5 6 Cole WALSH
Oregon [JR]
5.45m
17-10½
O XO O XXX
5 2 Jacob WOOTEN
Texas A&M [SO]
5.45m
17-10½
XO O O XXX
7 24 Audie WYATT
Texas A&M [JR]
5.45m
17-10½
O XO XO XXX
8 4 Sean COLLINS
South Alabama [SO]
5.45m
17-10½
XXO O XO XXX
9 20 Nate RICHARTZ
Notre Dame [JR]
5.45m
17-10½
XO XO XXO XXX
10 8 Devin KING
SE Louisiana [JR]
5.30m
17-4½
——— O XXX
11 14 Barrett POTH
Texas [JR]
5.30m
17-4½
XO O XXX
12 12 Will HERRSCHER
Alabama [SO]
5.30m
17-4½
——— XO XXX
12 9 Jake ALBRIGHT
Kansas [SR]
5.30m
17-4½
——— XO XXX
14 13 Noah GARY
Michigan State [JR]
5.30m
17-4½
XO XO XXX
15 21 Sean CLARKE
Penn [FR]
5.30m
17-4½
O XXO XXX
16 5 Garrett STARKEY
Arizona State [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
O XXX
16 10 Brad JOHNSON
Virginia Tech [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
O XXX
18 22 Everette FAVOR
Oklahoma [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XO XXX
18 17 Carl JOHANSSON
Texas A&M [JR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XO XXX
20 11 Connor HALL
Duke [SR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XXO XXX
20 18 Rashid COULIBALY
Wisconsin [FR]
5.15m
16-10¾
XXO XXX
NH 1 Armand WOODLEY
South Carolina [SO]
NH
XXX
NH 23 August KILES
Princeton [JR]
NH
XXX
NH 3 Antonio 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 ▾ Athlete Order Best Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6
1 Rudy WINKLER
Cornell [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-12 74.12m
243-2
69.98
229-7
69.72
228-9
74.12
243-2
X 72.72
238-7
73.30
240-6
2 Alexander YOUNG
SE Louisiana [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-06 73.66m
241-8
X 65.78
215-10
70.65
231-9
71.51
234-7
70.52
231-4
73.66
241-8
3 Gleb DUDAREV
Kansas [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-01 73.44m
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
4 Hilmar ORN JONSSON
Virginia [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-04 72.38m
237-5
70.10
230-0
71.86
235-9
X X X 72.38
237-5
5 Denzel COMENENTIA
Georgia [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-11 71.75m
235-4
X 71.75
235-4
X X X 70.00
229-8
6 Johnnie JACKSON
LSU [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-02 71.72m
235-4
68.77
225-7
69.81
229-0
71.72
235-4
X 70.28
230-7
X
7 Alex POURSANIDIS
Georgia [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-09 71.44m
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
8 Joseph ELLIS
Michigan [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-06 70.33m
230-9
69.08
226-8
X 70.33
230-9
70.15
230-2
X 68.37
224-3
9 Jordan YOUNG
Virginia [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-10 69.71m
228-8
66.01
216-7
X 69.44
227-10
66.95
219-8
68.87
225-11
69.71
228-8
10 Dempsey MCGUIGAN
Ole Miss [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-11 69.14m
226-10
67.40
221-1
X 69.14
226-10
11 Adam KEENAN
Northern Arizona [SR]
Flight: 2
F2-07 68.98m
226-4
67.33
220-10
64.20
210-7
68.98
226-4
12 Cameron BROWN
Tennessee [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-12 68.55m
224-11
66.87
219-4
68.55
224-11
65.98
216-6
13 Joshua HERNANDEZ
Sam Houston St. [FR]
Flight: 2
F2-08 66.95m
219-8
66.95
219-8
X 65.37
214-5
14 Brock EAGER
Washington St. [SO]
Flight: 2
F2-03 66.16m
217-1
X 66.16
217-1
65.99
216-6
15 Seth WHITENER
Tennessee [SO]
Flight: 1
F1-08 66.14m
217-0
X 66.14
217-0
65.44
214-8
16 Cristian RAVAR LADISLAU
Arkansas State [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-05 65.33m
214-4
X 65.33
214-4
64.08
210-3
17 Trevor TROUTMAN
Louisville [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-09 65.09m
213-6
65.09
213-6
X 62.45
204-10
18 Austin RIDDLE
Rice [JR]
Flight: 2
F2-10 64.94m
213-1
64.41
211-4
64.47
211-6
64.94
213-1
19 Riley BUDDE
Wisconsin [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-04 63.15m
207-2
X 59.99
196-10
63.15
207-2
20 Mitch DIXON
Kansas State [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-01 62.91m
206-4
62.04
203-6
62.91
206-4
62.23
204-2
21 Brady GRUNDER
Kansas State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-05 62.71m
205-9
X 62.71
205-9
X
22 Kyle SMITH
Kansas State [SR]
Flight: 1
F1-07 61.54m
201-11
60.82
199-6
58.89
193-2
61.54
201-11
23 Austin COOK
Texas A&M [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-03 60.00m
196-10
X 60.00
196-10
59.36
194-9
24 Cullen PRENA
Oregon [JR]
Flight: 1
F1-02 59.75m
196-0
X 59.75
196-0
X

 


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