Track and Field NCAA Championship ACCtion: Wednesday, June 9

June 10, 2010

Putman Dominates In First Day Of NCAA's
Michael Putman posted a season-best on his sixth and final discus throw Wednesday to earn All-American honors and get the Florida State men's track & field team on the scoreboard in the NCAA Championship at historic Hayward Field.

Putman uncorked a throw of 183-10 (56.03m) to move up one spot in the final standings and claim three points for the Seminoles on a day when the weather conditions were less than ideal.

Junior Pasca Cheruiyot landed the top finals finish of the day for the FSU women, crossing the line with a fifth-place finish in the 10,000 meters in a personal-best time of 33:23.22, which ranks second in school history.

Profit in Third at NCAA Heptathlon
Kiani Profit of Maryland sprinted from ninth place to third with her performance in the 200-meter dash Wednesday in the final event of the opening day of the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Nationals being hosted by the University of Oregon.

Profit finished the first four events of the seven-event competition with 3,383 points. Senior Chealsea Taylor of Alabama leads the competition with 3,619 points after winning the heptathlon high jump at 6-1.50.

Oregon junior Brianne Theisen, who bested Profit to win the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Nationals, was second on her home track Wednesday with 3,615 points. She won the 100-meter hurdles in the first event of the day at 13.39 seconds.

Hokies open NCAA National Finals on Wednesday
The Virginia Tech track and field squads opened the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Finals on Wednesday in Eugene, Ore., as senior Queen Harrison and the women’s 4x100-meter relay unit competed on the day.

Senior Queen Harrison advanced in the women’s 400-meter hurdles to highlight the first day’s competition for the Hokies. Harrison, the top-ranked athlete in the event, clocked a 55.35 in the semifinals to move onto the finals of the 400 hurdles, scheduled to run on Friday. The Richmond, Va., native ran the fastest time in the field.

The women’s 4x100-meter relay squad finished seventh in the first heat and 22nd overall in the semifinals of the event. The quartet of senior Kristi Castlin, freshman Funmi Alabi, sophomore Aunye Boone and sophomore Ogechi Nwaneri crossed the line in 48.62 and did not qualify for the event finals. Castlin, as well as Harrison, will compete in the women’s 100-meter hurdles tomorrow.

Alphonso Jordan Earns All-American Honors in Triple Jump at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Georgia Tech senior Alphonso Jordan finished eighth overall in the triple jump to earn All-American honors in the event on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Wednesday.

The Charlotte, N.C. native, who was competing for the final time in his Georgia Tech career, posted a mark of 52 feet, 3.25 inches in his second attempt in the field series. The mark was good enough to earn Jordan a spot in the finals of the event, where he remained in the eight spot after recording a leap of 52 feet, 0.75 inches in the fifth round of competition.

With the eighth place finish, Jordan garners All-American honors in the event for the first time at the Outdoor Championships after participating in the event the last three seasons. Jordan placed 11th in the event last season at the Outdoor Championships to just miss out on All-American honors.

Virginia Advances Three Cavaliers on Opening Day of NCAA Championships
Virginia opened up competition at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the historic Hayward Field today and saw three Cavaliers - junior Steve Finley, sophomore All-American Lance Roller and freshman All-American Robby Andrews - advance to the finals of their respective events.

In a rain soaked afternoon, the downpour stopped for a moment while Andrews used his kick down the homestretch of a fast 800m heat to win the opening section in a personal-best time of 1:45.54. His mark is the second-fastest time ever ran by a Cavalier – former two-time NCAA 800m Champion Paul Ereng ran 1:43.16 in 1989 – and ranks third on the all-time American junior records list.

Andrews will take the top seed time into Friday’s finals of the 800m (8:40 p.m. ET) and he will be joined in the event by Roller. Competing in his second-straight NCAA Outdoor Championship, Roller used a fourth-place finish in the first heat with a personal-best time of 1:46.11 to advance to his first-ever NCAA 800m final. Roller’s time ranks third behind Ereng and Andrews, respectively, on Virginia’s all-time list.

Three Hurricanes Advance to 400m Hurdle National Championship Race
Three women from the University of Miami women’s track and field team qualified for the national finals of the 400m hurdles after impressive semifinal performances, Wednesday in the first day of the NCAA National Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Brown and Tameka Jameson finished first and second respectively in the second of three 400m hurdle semifinal heats with times of 56.02 and 57.16 seconds. Takecia Jameson qualified in the third heat, by placing second at 57.16 seconds. All three juniors will race in the national final Saturday at 8:15 p.m. No other school has more than one competitor in the final.

In her final collegiate race, senior Kristy Whyte narrowly missed qualifying for the 100m dash finals with a time of 11.70 seconds in first of three semifinal heats.

Tiger Women's 4x100m Relay Advances to Final on Day One at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Clemson track & field began its showing Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Historic Hayward Field, home of the Oregon Ducks. Four individuals and a relay team competed Wednesday, including Kim Ruck in the finals of the women's 10K.

Ruck ran up front in the top two to three positions for the entire first half of the rain-soaked race. At the 6K mark, NCAA sensation Lisa Koll of Iowa State began to push the pace dramatically and subsequently ran away with the championship. Ruck, an indoor 5K All-American, placed 13th overall after establishing a personal best with a time of 33:42.88. Her time is No. 2 in the Clemson record books for the event.

The women's 4x100m relay team advanced to the finals with ease. Clemson's group of Michaylin Golladay, Stormy Kendrick, Kristine Scott and Jasmine Edgerson sailed across the finish line to win heat No. 2 with a time of 43.82, fourth-best of the day. The Tigers will battle for a national championship in the event on Saturday at 1:03 PM. The event will be televised live by CBS.

Gamble Finishes 20th in Discus at NCAA Championships
Three Duke track & field student-athletes - Austin Gamble, Ryan McDermott and Carly Seymour - competed on day one of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field, on Wednesday, June 9.

Gamble finished in 20th place in the men's discus with a throw of 164-feet, 3-inches to start the day for duke. The rookie out of Weston, Fla., already owns the Duke school record, a mark of 180-feet, 10-inches set at the Eastern Preliminary Round, as he became the first Blue Devil male individual track & field athlete to advance to the NCAA Championships in program history.

Back-to-back ACC steeplechase champion Ryan McDermott also finished 20th on day one of competition in the men's steeplechase semifinals. McDermott posted a time of 8:55.47, but did not advance to the finals set for Saturday. The junior from Hempstead, N.Y., was the first Duke individual to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase since school record holder Roger Beardmore made the field in 1972 and 1973.

LaRue's School Record Comes Up Just Short At NCAA Championships
Wake Forest senior hurdler Brent LaRue broke his own 400m hurdle school record for the second time in less than two weeks but he came up just short of advancing to the finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday.

LaRue ran in the third of three NCAA semifinal heats of the men's 400m hurdles at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday. Needing to finish either first or second in the heat of have one of the next two fastest times, LaRue broke clean from lane five but found himself slightly behind the leaders going down the backstretch.

He then made up a bit of ground around the final turn and was battling David Aristil of South Florida for third place. The two headed down the final straight-away behind Johnny Dutch of South Carolina and Reggie Wyatt of Southern California and it was Aristil just nipping LaRue at the line. LaRue's time of 50.20 was nine-hundredths of a second faster than his school-record run at the NCAA Quarterfinals in Greensboro. Despite that being the eighth-best time in the field, he finished just off the qualifying pace as Aristil grabbed the final spot.

Martinez Advances to NCAA Track Finals
Wolfpack senior John Martinez advanced to Friday's finals of the 3000 meter steeplechase today at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Martinez finished seventh in his semifinal heat with a time of 8:43.82, advancing to the finals on time.

Martinez earned All-America honors in the steeplechase in 2008.