NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Thursday, June 7

June 7, 2012

Barroilhet Puts `Noles on Board

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Florida State men's track & field team is on the board, thanks to a monstrous day 2 rally by Gonzalo Barroilhet in the decathlon.

Barroilhet entered the final day of the grueling 10-event competition in 13th place and rocketed his way up the standings, actually taking the lead after the pole vault, before finishing fourth overall. His five-point haul put the Seminoles on the board.

FSU is tied for 18th place, but figures to make a significant move Friday with the finals of the 100-meter dash on tap, where Maurice Mitchell and Kemar Hyman are seeded third and fourth.

Hurdlers Shine on Day Two at NCAA Outdoor Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Clemson's Bridgette Owens and Brianna Rollins were 1-2 among the eight qualifiers for the women's 100 hurdles final on Thursday, day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Both indoor All-Americans broke the previous school record of 12.78, set by Rollins earlier this outdoor season. In the men's high hurdles, indoor All-American Spencer Adams also moved on to Saturday's final.

Owens wowed the crowd in the first semifinal with her personal best 12.71, a time that ranks among the top 10 in the world according to data available from IAAF.org. Owens' time was an improvement of over a tenth of a second from her previous best of 12.83 earlier this spring.

Rollins followed in the third semifinal with a dominant effort, running 12.73, also a personal best. Rollins missed a month earlier this year with an injury following the ACC Outdoor Championships, but ran a great race Thursday and will join Owens at 12:14 PM CST in the first-ever outdoor final for both.

Laffan, Gay Break School Records on Day Two of NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Maureen Laffan (Toms River, N.J.) and junior Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) each broke school records as the Virginia track and field program competed at the second day of the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday (June 7).

Gay broke the school record in the women's 1,500 meters semifinal in a time of 4:13.20, finishing fifth in her heat to automatically qualify for the final on Saturday at 11:28 a.m. She was out of the qualifying range for almost the entire race before sprinting and leaning ahead of Violah Lagat of Florida State at the finish line to finish fifth.

This is the second consecutive year Gay has competed at the NCAA cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field national meets. She is one of 24 women in Division I to do so this year and one of six to accomplish the feat each of the last two school years.

Treff Finishes Third in Javelin Throw at NCAA Championship

DES MOINES, Iowa - Redshirt junior Matthias Treff finished third in the javelin throw and junior Ronnie Black was ninth in the high jump as the Virginia Tech track & field team competed Thursday on day two of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship at Drake Stadium. In addition, senior Michael Hammond advanced through to Saturday's final in the 1500 meters.

Treff posted a season best mark of 248-9 (75.83m) on his first attempt and led the competition after completion of the first flight. Coming out of flight two, Texas A&M's Sam Humphreys took the lead entering the finals, but Illinois State's Tim Glover overtook Treff and Humphreys as he won the event on his fourth toss. In the finals, Treff recorded marks of 239-8 on his fourth and fifth throws (73.05m and 73.07m), before fouling on his final attempt.

Treff earned his second career first-team All-America honor and has now finished in the top-3 in the javelin at the NCAA Championship in each of the last two years as he was runner-up last year in the event. He also earned Tech's first team points of the meet (6).

Hill Advances to Finals, Cozzarelli Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Track

DES MOINES, Iowa - NC State junior Ryan Hill of Hickory, N.C., was fastest of 12 qualifiers in the semifinals of the men's 1,500 meters on Thursday during the second day of action at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium.

Hill, who broke his own school record in the event earlier this year, nearly broke it again on Thursday evening, posting a time of 3:39.84 to edge Indiana's Andrew Bayer. Hill will now advance with the 11 next fastest runners to Saturday afternoon's finals.

Junior Andie Cozzarelli of Apex, N.C., earned her second consecutive second-team All-America honor in the women's 10,000 meters, finishing 11th overall in the late-night race on the campus of Drake University.

Hill Places 10th in NCAA High Jump

DES MOINES, Iowa - Jon Hill of the University of Maryland matched his career-best at 7 feet, 2-1/4 inches in the men's high jump to place 10th in the nation Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships being hosted by Drake University.

Also Thursday, Maryland senior Kiani Profit climbed from 19th overall to 10th after the first of two days in the women's heptathlon. Profit had 3,351 points after four of seven events, with two of her strongest events coming on Friday.

Hill made each of his first three heights without a miss before needing a third attempt at 7-2.25. He was one of 12 competitors over at that height. However he missed at 7-4.25, as only six athletes cleared at that height.

Devon Hill Finishes Ninth at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Devon Hill of the University of Miami narrowly missed the cut in the 110 meter hurdles on Thursday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, recording a time of 13.58 in the first heat of the event. Hill, who finished in ninth place, was .03 seconds away from tying for the eighth spot to qualify for the finals.

It was the second appearance at the national meet for Hill, as he earned Second Team All-America accolades last season in the 110 meter hurdles. The senior also ran a 13.35 in the event to repeat as the winner at the ACC Championships earlier this season, setting an ACC, personal and UM record.

Sophomore Thandi Stewart will vie for All-America status on Friday at 6:45 p.m. EST in the 400 meter hurdles after posting a personal record of 56.62 on Wednesday evening.

Lincoln Finishes 18th in Javelin at NCAA Championship

DES MOINES, Iowa - Wake Forest junior thrower Ben Lincoln finished 18th overall in the javelin throw at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday afternoon at Drake University.

Lincoln's top mark of the day came on his third attempt, when he threw for a distance of 223-7 (68.15 meters). He logged a distance of 215-0 (65.55 meters) on his first attempt and 217-9 (66.39 meters) on his second attempt.

Lincoln finishes the outdoor season as the school record-holder in the javelin with a toss of 240-3 (73.23 meters), in addition to earning All-ACC honors for the third consecutive season.

McKee Sets School Record in Long Jump at NCAA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa - On day two of the NCAA Championships, Georgia Tech track and field jumper Julienne McKee set a new school record in the long jump with her 10th place, 6.30m (20-8) leap at Drake Stadium, Thursday.

The jump was the longest of McKee's short career on the Flats and breaks a 10 year old record set in 2003 by Jessica DeFreitas. DeFreitas' jump was 20-7.75 feet long.

McKee's 10th place finish gives her second team All-America honors, it was also her highest finish in a national meet after placing 22nd in the triple jump last season.

Tar Heels Close Out NCAA Outdoor Competition

DES MOINES, Iowa - The North Carolina track and field team closed out its 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship campaign, as the Tar Heels competed in one more individual and one relay event Thursday. The meet continues through Saturday at Drake University, although UNC will not have any competitors move on to finals in their six events.

The men's 4x400 team consisting of three freshman, Javonte Lipsey, Sean Sutton and O'Neal Wanliss, and junior Clayton Parros finished 16th in 3:06.91, which is the second-best time on the season for the squad. While the team did not advance to finals this year, the four have high expecations for next season as all will be returning in 2012-13. Parros (400) and Lipsey (400-meter hurdles) also competed Thursday individually.

Junior Chrishawn Williams finished 22nd in the women's long jump with a leap of 19-1 1/4. Competing at her first NCAA Championships, the Garner native jumped a personal best 20-5 at the NCAA regional meet last month to qualify for nationals.

Bottorff Earns Second Team All-America Honors in 10,000

DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior Juliet Bottorff earns second team All-America honors in the women's 10,000 meters with a time of 33:45.80 and a 14th place finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

The cooler weather for this year's race resulted in a faster start which was very different from the slow, strategic race that resulted in a NCAA title for Bottorff in 2011.

The Newark, Del., native finished with a faster time than she ran last year to claim her crown by crossing the line in 33:45.80, a season best. With four miles remaining in the 6.2 race, Bottorff found herself in the chase pack seeking after a very quick moving lead pack. On several occasions she began to close the gap and ended up picking off several women but the challenge of running much of the race on her own and the grueling pace proved to be too much for her.