NCAA Outdoor Track & Field ACCtion: Thursday, June 6

June 7, 2013

Virginia Tech's Kruzliak captures first NCAA hammer throw title

On day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Virginia Tech men’s hammer throwers continued their dominance on the NCAA’s biggest stage today at Hayward Field as Tomas Kruzliak won the program’s sixth title in the event in the last nine years. Kruzliak joined his countryman Marcel Lominicky as the only Hokies to win a national championship during their first year on campus.

“It feels good,” Associate Head Coach and Throws Coach Greg Jack said of group’s run since 2005. “That’s just what we do. It’s an event we can excel at and we’ve really shown that. We’ll just continue to build on that from here.”

Competing in the first flight, Kruzliak showed on his first throw why he was one of the favorites heading into the meet. The freshman hit a mark of 226-1 (68.92m) on his first throw to put him atop the flight. On his next attempt, he increased his lead to 227-3 (69.26m) with a throw that looked technically as good as it gets. After fouling on his final throw of throw of the flight, he was forced to sit for an hour before the start of the finals.


Fout Delivers First Seminole Points

EUGENE, Ore. - Thursday belonged to the Florida State distance runners at the NCAA Championship, with senior Mike Fout providing the Seminoles with their first points of the meet for the men with his fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters.

Running his final race as a Seminole, Fout stayed with the lead pack throughout the 25-lap test of physical and mental endurance at Hayward Field, determined not to be denied a place on the podium. While Arizona's Lawi Lalang ran away with the win, Fout put himself in the thick of a late-race shuffle for the next four spots, which were separated by just over one full second.

"I'm proud of my team, I'm proud of the way I ran today and I'm proud to wear that Seminole singlet one last time," Fout said, afterward. "It was 25 laps and it was very hard, but this kind of defines who we are and hopefully how I've run the last five years at FSU.

Fout finished in 29:42.23 in his third consecutive NCAA Championship 10,000 appearance and scored the first points by a Seminole distance runner at the meet since 2008. He matched Herb Wills' fourth-place NCAA finish in 1980 for the best by a Seminole in school history at the distance.

Duke's Beach Earns First Team All-America Honors

EUGENE, Ore. - Curtis Beach earns first team All-America honors by finishing seventh in the men's decathlon with an overall score of 7,989 at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday evening, June 6 in Eugene, Ore. Beach started the day in second place, only six points behind the leader but his struggles in the pole vault and javelin throw knocked him out of contention for the title.

Beach kicked off day two with a decathlon personal record in the men's 110 meter hurdles, finishing fifth in the field with a time of 14.54 to maintain his second place spot with 5,289 points. In the discus, the Albuquerque, N.M., threw a mark of 122-1 (37.21) which placed him 19th in the event and third overall.

The 2011 NCAA runner-up, slid down to fourth place after the men's pole vault where he cleared 15-1 (4.60), well off of his personal best, to earn 790 points and give him a total of 6,687 going into the javelin. During the javelin, he earned his best mark of the day on his second attempt, measuring 116-0 (35.36) and collecting 375 points.

Virginia's Porter Earns Second Team All-America Honors In 10,000 Meters

EUGENE, Ore. - Virginia junior Thomas Porter earned second-team All-America honors during day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at Hayward Field. Porter placed 16th in the men's 10000m as he made his NCAA Track & Field Championships debut.

Porter finished in a time of 30:14.96 to cross the line in 16th place. It was the best result for a Cavalier in the men's 10000m since Michael Cotton was sixth in the event in 1981.

"Thomas capped off a successful track season," said assistant coach Pete Watson. "He scored at the ACC Championships and then earned a second-team All-America slot. He made a lot of progress this year and I'm already looking forward to his cross country senior season in the fall."

Clemson's Rollins Breaks NCAA Record In 100 Hurdles

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson superstar Brianna Rollins earned her second collegiate record of the 2013 season in Thursday's 100 hurdles semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, OR. The Miami, FL native and red-shirt junior rolled to a time of 12.47, eclipsing Ginnie Powell's record of 12.48 that had stood since 2006. Rollins was one of four Tigers to advance to national finals on day two, including three in the high hurdles alone.

Rollins will be joined in Saturday's final by teammate Keni Harrison, who has qualified for finals in both hurdles. She will run for gold in the 400 hurdles Friday and in the 100 hurdles on Saturday. She and Rollins will also attempt to lead Clemson's 4x100 relay to victory Saturday. Harrison ran a time of 12.97 in Thursday's second semifinal. The two will run for gold Saturday at 3:09 PM ET, live on ESPNU.

UNC's Farber Finishes 19th In NCAA 1500 Meters

EUGENE, ORE. -- Lianne Farber of the University of North Carolina women's track and field team finished 19th in the 1500-meter run at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at the University of Oregon.

Farber finished 19th overall in the event and 12th in her heat. Her recorded time was 4:23.18.

Farber, a junior from Northport, N.Y., went into the Championships with high hopes. She smashed her personal record in the 1,500 at the last chance Virginia Challenge, finishing in 4:14.56 to secure her qualification for the NCAA first round in Greensboro, N.C. That PR time ranks fourth all-time in the UNC record books.

NC State's Hill Advances To 1500 Meter Final

EUGENE, Ore. - Chasing his 10th All-America award, redshirt senior Ryan Hill clinched a spot in the championship race of the 1,500-meter run on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday evening at the University of Oregon.

Hill lined up in the first of two heats in the 1,500-meter event, knowing he had to be one of the first five runners to cross the finish line to guarantee himself a spot in Saturday's championship race. The Hickory, N.C., native did just that, finishing fifth in the heat with a season-best mark of 3:41.53, and locked himself in as one of the 12 runners to advance.

Making her first appearance in an NCAA Final, redshirt freshman SeQuoia Watkins recorded a 153' 8.00" (46.84m) measurement in the women's discus to finish in 21st place.