Notes and Quotes from Day One of the NCAA Track & Field Championships

May 30, 2001

NCAA Track & Field Championships

May 30, 2001

Race Recaps

(note: all races are semifinals except for the men's 10,000 which is a FINAL)

Women's 4x100

Heat One

LSU, running in lane five, led from the start, widening its lead on the third exchange.

Heat Two:

Florida, running in lane four, takes lead on third exchange winning by five meters over Indiana, UCLA drops baton on the first exchange.

Heat Three:

Tight through first two exchanges. South Carolina in lane seven grabbed lead for good on third exchange, wins by three meters over USC. Fastest qualifying time (45.53) of three heats, and second-fastest time of the year for South Carolina and fifth-fastest in the world this year..

Men's 4x100

Heat One:

Tennessee, running in lane six, lead from start to finish and set a Hayward Field record winning in 38.66, the fifth fastest time in world this year. USC did not finish after a bad second exchange.

Heat Two:

Texas Christian, in lane three, won by 15 meters over South Carolina on the strenght of its third and fourth legs (38.70). South Carolina, in lane seven, led after the first exchange and held on for second. The second through fourth place teams were separated by .09 with South Carolina at 39.63, Texas at 39.70 and Middle Tennessee State at 39.72.

Women's 400 Meter Hurdles

Heat One:

Brenda Taylor of Harvard, running in lane four (seventh in 2000 NCAA championships), led throughout and outdistanced UCLA's Michelle Perry (fourth in 2000 NCAA championships) by 10 meters.

Heat Two:

UCLA's Sheena Johnson, in lane four, led after 200, but faded. Cal State Northridge's Frances Santin, in lane three, overtook Arkansas' Tawa Babatunde, in lane seven, in the last 20 meters to win by three meters.

Heat Three:

Rice Allison Beckford, in lane seven overtook Texas' Angel Patterson (fifth in 2000 NCAA championships), in lane five, in the last 100 meters. Arizona State's Candida Coulson moved into second on the third turn, but faded. Baylor's Chava Demart finished strong to take third.

Men's 400 Meter Hurdles:

Heat One:

Michael Smith of Baylor, in lane two, had the early lead, but chopped his hurdle step on the eighth hurdle to break his stride, allowing Florida's Rickey Harris (lane four) and Oklahoma's Laboris Bean (lane five) to overtake him. Harris held of Bean to win by a stride. Smith finished third.

Heat Two:

Brian Derby of Penn State, in lane five, took the lead on the turn to win. Ken Garret from Georgia, in lane seven, came on strong in the last 80 meters to finish second. Florida State's Matt Mason, in lane six, tripped on the ninth hurdle and fell from second to third.

Heat Three:

Running in lane two, Bayano Kamani, recovered after hitting the second hurdle to win by 10 meters over Wichita State's Viktors Lacis, in lane seven. Lacis came on down the homestretch to take second. Illinois' Sherman Armstrong, who finished third at the 2000 NCAA championships, faded down the stretch and dropped from second to fifth in the final 30 meters.

Women's 800 Meters

Heat One:

USC's Brigitta Langerholc grabbed the lead with 250 meters to go and held on to edge out Korene Hinds of Kansas State. Florida's Kristina Bratton, who led at the bell lap collided with Brigham Young's Holly Haguewood at the 200 meter mark and dropped out of the competition.

Heat Two:

After hiding in the pack for nearly the entire race, Appalachian State's Mary Jane Harrelson nipped UTEP's Svetlana Badrankov (2001 NCAA indoor champ) at the finish line, winning by .01. Badrankov led at the bell lap. Miami's Natalie Watson passed Bandrakov at the 200 meter mark, but faded to third as she was passed by Harrelson and Bandrakov in the last 50 meters.

Heat Three:

UCLA's Lena Nilsson clipped teammate Ysane Williams at the finish line at the Bruins posted a 1-2 finish. Williams broke free from the pack with 300 meters remaining, as did Florida State's Laura Gerber, who finished third.

Men's 800 Meters

Heat One:

Stanford's Michael Stember came on strong on last 100 meters, passing the entire field, to win (fourth at 2000 NCAA championships). Sam Burley of Penn came on with a strong kick to finish second. Rickard Pell of Manhattan led through the first 400 meters. Illinois' Jason Von Swon tripped on the rail just after the bell lap and stepped into the infield and dropped out of the race.

Heat Two:

South Carolina's Otukile Lekote led start to finish, holding off Arkansas' Dirk Heinze by three meters, followed by Mao Tjiroze from Brigham Young.

Heat Three:

Idaho State's Bryce Knight took the lead with 50 meters to go and held off a pack of four runners by a step. TCU's Eliud Njubi was second, followed by Baylor's Floyd Thompson, who led the first 600 meters and Stanford's Gabe Jennings.

Women's Steeplechase

Heat One:

Nan Evans of Brigham Young passed Arkansas' Lilli Kleinmann at the final water jump and went on to win the heat. Arizona State's Kelly MacDonald was second, followed by BYU's Courtney Meldrum. Kleinmann finished fourth and Andrea Kremer of Miami-Ohio was fifth. The lead pack of five separated after the fifth lap. Kleinmann led at that point, the pack also included Kremer, MacDonald, Evans and Meldrum. The lead pack opened a 20-meter lead on the field after six laps and expanded it to the finish.

Heat Two:

Rebecca Benion of Weber State led from the start and won by a step over Elizabeth Jackson of Brigham Young. Those two broke away from the pack in the fifth lap. Ida Nilsson of Arkansas- Little Rock took third, while Marget Larson of Colorado State nipped Laura Turner of Stanford for fourth by .01 second.

Women's 200 Meters

Heat One:

Muna Lee, running in lane five, of LSU took the lead early to win. South Carolina teammates Me'lisa Barber and Demetria Washington finished strong for second and third, respectively.

Heat Two:

Cydonie Mothersill of Clemson, running in lane three, took the lead at 100 meters to win. Mikele Barber of South Carolina took second, Angie Williams of USC took third (sixth at 2000 NCAA championships).

Heat Three:

Brianna Glenn of Arizona, running in lane 7, grabbed the early lead and won by a stride over Rachelle Boone of Indiana. Mississippi's Teneeshia Jones was third.

Heat Four:

Kinesha Davis of USC, running in lane six, led from the gun (second in 2000 NCAA championships). Myra Combs of LSU took second, while Shekera Weston of Clemson was third.

Men's 200 Meters

Heat One:

Leonard Scott of Tennessee, running in lane five, led from the gun and posted the fastest time in the world this year (20.10), that is until teammate Justin Gatlin bettered that mark in the next heat. UTEP's Damon Douglas was second. Robert Foster of Houston scratched.

Heat Two:

Justin Gatlin got off to a great start in lane five and ran the fastest 200 in the world this year (19:86). Ja'Warren Hooker of Washington, running in lane eight (sixth in 2000 NCAA championship, second in 2001 NCAA indoor championship), took second, while Aaron Armstrong of Florida was third.

Heat Three:

Kim Collins of Texas Christian ran a 20.08 in lane four to win (2000 NCAA indoor champion). Clemson's Jacey Harper was second, while UTEP's Jermaine Joseph was third.

Heat Four:

Texas Christian's Darvis Patton, running in lane five, overtook Arizona State's Marcus Patton with 50 meters left to win by three meters. Patton took second, while Kenneth Andam of Brigham Young was third.

Men's 10,000 Meter Final

Ryan Shay of Notre Dame led for all but two laps en route to an easy victory in the final of the men's 10,000 meters. Shay, who finished seventh at the 2000 NCAA championships, led for the first 13 laps before temporarily surrendering the lead to Arkansas' Murray Link on the 14th lap. Shay retook the lead on the 16th lap and never relinquished it. The lead group of nine runners pulled away from the pack on lap 11. Shay covered the first 5,000 meters in a time of 14:37. Shay and Link pulled away from the lead group just after the halfway mark. Then on lap 20, Shay made a break from Link and won the race going away with Link a distant second. Shay ran his final lap in a time of 63.9. In the race for third, Tom McArdle of Dartmouth made his move on the 17th lap to climb to fourth in the second pack and brought Oregon Jason Hartman with him. That group of four battling for points also included Alabama's Christopher Mutai and Arizona State's Fasil Bizuneh. Hartman broke at the bell lap and held off a late charge by Mutai to claim third. McArdle was fifth with Bizuneh in sixth.

Shay becomes the first ever Notre Dame athlete to win the 10,000. He is also the first Notre Dame athlete to claim an NCAA outdoor title in 57 years. The last time Fighting Irish athletes won at the NCAA meet was 1944 when Francis Martin won the two-mile race and Philip Anderson tied for the pole vault title.

NCAA Track and Field Championships Quotes

Women's Events

May 30, 2001

Katja Schreiber, Idaho, Discus'I knew I had a good first throw, I focused and it was my best throw ever. I'm especially excited because it was my first throw over 60 meters.'

'I was ready to go, I didn't want to wait any longer to throw. I was really excited about my first throw and that really helped me a lot. I really like to be done on Wednesday because now I have four days to watch my teammates compete.'

Brianna Glenn, Arizona, Long Jump Winner'I feel like, I was the best long jumper out there, I was just had a hard time being consistent. I just felt that as long as I could get a big jump in, I was confident I could win.'

'It was important to me, because I had ran the 200 and it was hard coming back from running the 200 and be on my mark. But, I got a good one on the first so it was good to get it out of the way. It takes a lot of pressure off, because it's hard if you foul or you're not on right away, so to get a big one on the first one, it relieves a lot of pressure.'

Men's EventsMay 30, 2001

Claston Bernard, LSU, Disqualified from the decathlon

Note - The injury was a grade two strain to his left hamstring.

'I was well prepared, I came out of the blocks well. When my hamstring gave my first instinct was to finish the race and get treatment to see if I could get back for the long jump. Unfortunately I wasn't able to continue. Everything happens for a reason and I will deal with this and move forward. I felt that if I could get one jump in that I could get myself back into the competition. I don't think I could have won the event but I still could have contributed some points to the team. It's an unfortunate situation, but I'll be back next year.'

LSU head coach Pat Henry

'It's a very unfortunate situation for Claston. The ruling is not the troubling part to me, the real problem is that we have a great athlete that got hurt and that's more critical than any ruling. The committee had a tough decision to make. Their interpretation is a little different than mine, but I know that I'm biased here. It's a tough blow to the team, but the reality is that we're more concerned about Claston's well being right now.'

Claston was disqualified for breaching the following rule:

Rule 9-2 Article 8: An athlete failing to start in any event of the competition shall be considered to have abandoned the competition and shall not be allowed to participate in any following event or be included in the final placing or scoring.

Bernard sustained an injury near the end of the 100 meters and was not at the start of the long jump.

Dennis Kholev, USC, Pole Vault Winner

'I knew I was capable of jumping this height. I felt some pressure, this is my senior year and my last chance. I told myself there was no way I can go away with second place. I believe I made the best jump of my career.'

Justin Gatlin, Tennessee, 200m

'We wanted to make a statement early. Our focus was to set some kind of record in the prelims and then win in the final. We don't want to wish a win, we want a win.'

'In the finals, that'll be the big one, where all the pressure will be.'

Leonard Scott, Tennessee, 200m

'We just have to go out and execute and run our own race. If we just do what we have to do, we'll run a good race.'

'To win the relay, it'll take the same kind of execution, and the same kind of focus that we had today.'

Billy Pappas, Oregon, Decathlon

'I feel pretty good. It could be better. I'm glad that I'm putting together a decent meet at this level of competition.'

'I don't think I scored many points compared to the others. But my second day is usually pretty good. I'm looking forward to it. It would be nice to get 7,500 points. I have to throw the discus like I know how. If I get a good throw, I can gain on a lot of people.'

Santiago Lorenzo, Oregon, Decathlon

'I didn't start out great today, but I came back in the 400. I am not going to PR for the first day, but it will be pretty close.'

'I didn't expect very many people in the stands on the first day, but if it will be like this tomorrow with perhaps more fans then it will be a great day. Today they pushed me through the 400, and that is why I did as well as I did.'

Ryan Shaw, Notre Dame, 10,000 Winner

'I was definitely waiting for it to come down to the last mile. My strategy was, I didn't want to go out too slow. I decided to wait the first part to see if it was slow, and it was, so I moved to the front. I felt good, so I figured I'd take the lead until someone challenged me and as long as I felt fresh enough to do that, I'd stay in the lead.'

'I figured, I was feeling good, so why not turn it on in the last quarter mile. This is something I've been working towards my whole collegiate career and the past two years I've been 7th, so this has been my goal from the get-go.'

Shaw is the first Notre Dame outdoor NCAA champion in 57 years. Also, he is the first Notre Dame athlete to win the 10,000-meter championship.

Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 10,000

'I didn't think I could get third, but I got to the last lap and it was a great feeling. I didn't want to get over my head, but I thought it was the perfect situation to stay right there until the last lap.'

'I knew I was at least in the top eight in the field and in the end I finished third so I'm greatful. All the hard work has paid off.'

'In the end it's all about racing and I knew I wasn't going to run a PR today, but I ran my heart out and did the best I could.'

'Today was very important because we set the tone for the other guys on our team. Now they know what they have to do tomorrow.'

John Stiegeler, Oregon, Javelin Winner

'I felt good with my performance today and I knew that at the end I still had a lot more left in me. I really brought it today and threw some heat up there. You always have to start off with a good throw, because that means that everyone else is left to chase you.'

'This win in the javelin is very important to help build up the program. You are seeing a program that is coming back on the rise. We have a lot of guys that are excited and working hard. Our coaching staff has done a good job of recruiting.'

Martin Smith, Oregon Head Coach

(ON JOHN STEIGELER)

'People sometimes just expect you to win and as coaches that makes us nervous. It's not automatic and that's the strongest part of John's character -- he knew it was going to take a tremendous amount of effort.'

'Being at home helps and he was able to maximize on that.'

'I was enjoying seeing the Oregon athletes succeed today. It's a moment that you want to enjoy and celebrate. When John hit the 252, I think we all felt confident that that throw would hold up. When he hit that throw we probably prematurely celebrated.'

(ON JASON HARTMAN)

'I think Jason ran really tough. He ran with a lot of character and determination. There were a number of times in the race he could have let it get away from him, but that race is an example of running at home -- it gave him added value to not let himself down.

'I knew I had a good first throw, I focused and it was my best throw ever. I'm especially excited because it was my first throw over 60 meters.'

'I was ready to go, I didn't want to wait any longer to throw. I was really excited about my first throw and that really helped me a lot. I really like to be done on Wednesday because now I have four days to watch my teammates compete.'

Brianna Glenn, Arizona, Long Jump Winner'I feel like, I was the best long jumper out there, I was just had a hard time being consistent. I just felt that as long as I could get a big jump in, I was confident I could win.'

'It was important to me, because I had ran the 200 and it was hard coming back from running the 200 and be on my mark. But, I got a good one on the first so it was good to get it out of the way. It takes a lot of pressure off, because it's hard if you foul or you're not on right away, so to get a big one on the first one, it relieves a lot of pressure.'

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