ACCOTF in NCAA Championships: Silver Medal Highlights Day Two

EUGENE, Ore. – Alysha Newman and Shakima Wimbley were individual starts on Thursday, while Miami’s 4x400m relay provided the best punctuation on a strong day at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The Hurricanes had a busy day at Hayward Field on Thursday, competing in six different events on the first of two days of women’s track and field action.

“We started out a little shaky,” Miami director of track and field/cross country Amy Deem said. ”But we came back strong in the 400m, the pole vault and the 4x400m. It finished well, but we were hoping to have a little bit more go through to Saturday.”

Newman finished tied for second in the women’s pole vault, clearing 4.30m while vaulting on a chilly and rainy night in Eugene. The senior passed on the opening two heights, 4.05m and 4.20m, before entering the competition at 4.30m. Newman cleared her opening bar on her first attempt and passed at 4.35m, choosing to make her next attempt at 4.40m.

EUGENE, Ore. - On day two of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Mimi Land earned Second Team All-American status in her first-of-two events this championship. The women's 4x100 meter relay team competed but failed to convert on the third handoff and was unable to register a time. 

EUGENE, Ore. – A pair of seniors highlighted day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships for Duke Thursday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., with one claiming first team All-America status and the other advancing to Saturday’s finals. Megan Clark finished fifth in the women’s pole vault, while Anima Banks qualified for the women’s 800 final.

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Notre Dame graduate student Kaila Barber and senior Margaret Bamgbose got off to fast starts during the first day of women's semifinal races, finishing strong as key members of the 4x400-meter relay on Thursday at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Barber registered one of the top eight times in preliminary competition in the 400-meter hurdles, while Bamgbose advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash with a top three finish to highlight Irish individual performers, and the 4x400 Irish relay entry also found its way into final round racing later this weekend at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

EUGENE, Ore. – Alexis Perry had quite the day, as she advanced to the 100m hurdle finals and became a First-Team All-American in the long jump. Perry finished sixth in the hurdles with a time of 12.96 and fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20'8.50".
The Durham, N.C., native's long jump earns five points for the team, moving the Wolfpack women to 20th place. The finish brings her to three career All-America honors.

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Louisville track and field's Emmonnie Henderson earned second team All-America honors in the shot put at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
"Emmonnie had some trouble with her footing today while it rained during the shot put," said head coach Dale Cowper. "I'm confident she will be able to regroup and come back strong in the discus on Saturday."

EUGENE, Ore.—Virginia track and field junior Cleo Boyd finished ninth in the 10,000 meters Thursday (June 9) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. 

Boyd (Kingston, Ontario), seeded 15th, placed ninth in the 10,000m in a time of 33:11.22, which ranks third on UVA’s all-time list. Boyd’s previous best time in the event was 34:25.69, which was set at the NCAA East Preliminary two weeks ago in Jacksonville, Fla. That race was her second 10,000m race ever, with her first being an ACC Championship-winning performance in May. Boyd also captured the 5,000m conference title.

EUGENE, Ore. - Sabine Kopplin and Hanna Green represented the Tech track & field team on day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
Kopplin placed 14th overall to be named to the All-American second team, her third all-American honor (first team in 2014, second team in 2015).
The pair each got off to a strong start, but ultimately, came up short to miss the final in their respective events.

EUGENE, Ore. – Wake Forest women’s track and field senior Jessie Merckle finished in 10th place in the women’s javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday. The Hickory, Pa. native’s 50.82m throw made her a Second Team All-American. 

The All-America nod was the third of Merckle’s career. She was a first-teamer last season after making the second team in 2014. 

EUGENE, Ore. – Jogaile Petrokaite’s 13th-place long jump finish proved to be the bright spot on a dreary Thursday at Historic Hayward Field.

Petrokaite overcame two fouls to post a third attempt mark of 6.18 meters (20-3.50), which left her exactly one inch from a spot in the finals. It was the best NCAA Championship finish – indoors or outdoors – in three appearances for the sophomore from Lithuania; worthy of second-team All-American honors.

Margo Malone and Shaylyn Tuite finished 18th and 19th respectively in the women's 10,000-meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Thursday, to complete day two of the event for the Orange.

Malone finished in 34:06.09 and Tuite was right behind her in 34:10.59, while Arkansas' Dominique Scott was crowned NCAA Champion in 32:35.69. Both Malone and Tuite earned Honorable Mention All-America honors for their performance in the meet.