Track & Field NCAA Championship ACCtion: Friday, June 11, 2010

June 12, 2010

Harrison wins national championship in 400-meter hurdles
Senior Queen Harrison continued her stellar 2010 campaign, adding another NCAA title to her resume on Friday, winning the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA National Finals in Eugene, Ore. The Hokie men are tied for 10th place with 16.5 points, while the women sit in sixth place with 18 points going into the final day of the meet.

The Richmond, Va., native clocked a 54.55, a school and personal record in the final 400-meter hurdle competition of her collegiate career, to capture her first NCAA title in the event. Harrison bested her own school record in the event, formerly 54.60 which she set in 2008. The victory also vaulted Tech up the women’s standings into a tie for second at the time with 18 points.

With the victory, Harrison tallied a second NCAA crown for her collection and for Virginia Tech women’s track and field. The Hermitage High product won the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, the first-ever NCAA track and field championship for the Tech women. She will go for her second NCAA gold medal this meet, and third overall, tomorrow in the 100-meter hurdles, where teammate and fellow senior Kristi Castlin will also compete.

Hurricanes Claim Three All-America Honors in 400m Hurdles
Ti'erra Brown, Tameka Jameson and Takecia Jameson each earned All-America accolades Friday night in the 400m hurdle national championship race at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

The trio made history on the night, becoming the first three women from the same university to race in the finals of the 400m hurdles. Brown, who was the national runner-up in the 60m hurdles during the indoor season earlier this year, placed second once again. Her time of 55.22 seconds was the second-fastest of her career.

Tameka Jameson placed third in 56.37 seconds, the second-fastest time of her career as well. Her twin sister Takecia placed seventh at 58.33 seconds.

Andrews and Roller Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships
Freshman Robby Andrews used a runner-up finish and sophomore Lance Roller grabbed a sixth-place finish in the 800m to each earn All-America honors on the third day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Junior Steve Finley also competed on Friday, wrapping up his season with an 11th-place finish in the steeplechase.

In the much anticipated 800m match-up between Andrews and Oregon Olympian Andrew Wheating, it was Wheating that was finally victorious. Making his moves early, Wheating was able to pull away from the field early and defend his NCAA title in a time of 1:45.69. Andrews used his kick down the homestretch to move from last to second, finishing with a time of 1:46.83, while Roller took sixth in 1:47.64.

With their finishes, Andrews becomes the Cavaliers’ highest placer on the track at NCAAs since former NCAA Champion Paul Ereng won the event in 1989. The duo also joins Ereng as Virginia’s only All-Americans in the 800m.

Borlee Scores In Day 3
Sophomore Kevin Borlee provided the Florida State men's track & field team with two points after a seventh-place finish in the 400 meters Friday at the NCAA Championship meet.

Borlee, who drew lane eight with the seventh-fastest time in Wednesday's semifinal, could not move up against a stout field that raced the backstretch into a stiff wind. A fourth-place finisher in last year's championship, Borlee finished in 45.80 among a group of three runners bunched at the line, earning All-American honors for a second consecutive year..

It was a light day of activity for the Seminoles at historic Hayward Field, with Borlee and junior high jumper Andrew Bachelor the lone competitors. Bachelor failed to place in the day's first individual event, despite clearing the first two heights on his first attempts. He went out with three misses at 7-0.25 (2.14m), narrowly clipping the crossbar with his back heel on descent in his final attempt.

Sossah Takes Eighth In Decathlon At NCAAs
Mateo Sossah earned 7,509 points in the decathlon to place eighth at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in what was almost a record-breaking multi-event. Daniel Keller also competed in the multis final as the University of North Carolina track program took on its third day of national competition.

Sossah, who was runner-up in 2009's decathlon and 2010's indoor heptathlon, paced the entire multis field for the 1500 event in one of his best distance performances of the year.

Keller placed 11th overall in the decathlon with 7,350 points. He won the pole vault section of the multi-event, clearing 16-0 3/4. Keller had also qualified in the regional pole vault competition in May.

Martinez Named Outdoor Track All-American
Wolfpack senior John Martinez has been named an All-American at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Martinez finished 10th overall in tonight’s finals with a time of 8:53.33.

It marks Martinez’ second All-America honor in the event, as he also was one of the nation’s top finishers in 2008.

Tomorrow, NC State’s Ryan Hill will compete in the 5000 meters.

Moss, Berg Compete at NCAA Track & Field Championships
Clemson had a pair of men's track & field student-athletes in action Friday at the NCAA Championships at Historic Hayward Field, home of the Oregon Ducks. It was a tough day for both Zach Berg and Miller Moss, whose seasons came to a disappointing end Friday in front of a capacity crowd.

Moss was having an outstanding competition the decathlon and actually was in third place through six of the 10 events, but he ran into trouble in the discus throw. After fouling on the first two attempts, the pressure was on to record a legal mark with his final attempt. He appeared to have a solid effort on his third throw, but officials ruled he committed a toe foul in the throwing circle before his implement landed. As a result, the zero points in the event took him out of the competition altogether and dropped him 18 positions in the order. The ruling was appealed, but it was upheld in the end.

Despite the disappointment, Moss pressed on and finished the competition. He concluded with 6,936 points, 20th in the field of 24 competitors. He had a pole vault of 14'9", followed by a javelin mark of 153'4", and a 1500m time of 4:49.80 in the 10th and final event. Moss is the school record-holder in the event, and will be Clemson's team leader in the 2010-11 season as a red-shirt senior.