University of OR middle-distance runner Edward "the King" Cheserek, whose 17 NCAA championships pace the field in the history of the sport, will miss the NCAA West Regionals in Austin this weekend due to a minor back injury. The East Preliminaries are being held at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track and Field Facility in Lexington, Ky.
"A lot of these kids came to this stage a year ago", Florida State coach Bob Braman said. "But, it is always satisfying to see that happen in a race". I also thought that we advance some key people in key events today as well.
The school-record holder's time was the second fastest of her career.
Athletes qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round by holding a top-48 mark in their respective event.
In addition to the entries for the West Prelims, OREGON decathletes Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado are among the 24 qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.
Murphy is returning to the preliminaries for her second straight year, and she will be competing in both the 3000-meter steeplechase and the 5000-meter run. "Rick Otte and I thought based on practices, that Ethan would run that fast soon". "I typically get six jumps and right now everybody here only gets three, so I've got to make them count".
Other Lobos are Graham Thomas in the 3,000-meter men's steeplechase, and Natasha Bernal for the women. Keturah Smith rounded out the Bulldog runners to advance from with a 400 time of 53.86. "I'm so glad it paid off and I was able to make it into the top three". He finished seventh in the NCAA Championships as a sophomore in 2015, and 12th as a junior past year. In her final year as a Miner, Bennett has accumulated five top-three finishes this season.
For the men's team, senior Matti Mortimore qualified with his javelin throw of 242-1 (73.78 meters).
LSU's athletes continued their momentum as the scheduled rolled into the 400-meter dash with the Tigers and Lady Tigers combining for four quarterfinalists in the event, including two heat winners. Meanwhile, Annie Rhodes set a school record, while winning the Big 12 title in the pole vault with a nation's best clearance of 15-1.5 [4.61m]. "I feel good and I feel like I'm in good shape and I'm excited for the rest of the season". "I didn't know what to expect going in. I'm really excited to throw against guys that are throwing even further than me". Osborn competes Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Lawrence Crawford qualified in the 100 at 10.34 seconds, while Stephan James ran 47.23 in the 400 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.