Notes and Quotes from Day Two of NCAA Track and Field Championships
May 31, 2001
2001 NCAA TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Race In Review
Thursday, May 31 B Hayward Field
Women's 100 Meter Hurdles B Preliminaries
Running in lane seven (2001 NCAA Indoor 60 hurdle champion) Donna Merriman of Ohio State took control over the sixth hurdle to edge Big Ten rival Danielle Carruther of Indiana by .02.
Illinois' Susanna Kallur took control over the fourth hurdle to win by three meters over Big West outdoor champ Angela Whyte of Idaho.
Illinois' Perdita Felicien (2nd in 2001 NCAA indoor 60 hurdles) got out of the blocks in lane one to post a wire-to-wire victory, edging teammate Jenny Kallur. Villanova's Charmaine Walker did not start.
Men's 100 Meter Hurdles B Preliminaries
Washington State's Arend Watkins in lane seven took the lead on the final hurdle to edge Bashir Ramzy, the Big XII champions from Texas A&M by .02.
Ron Bramlett of Alabama, running in lane six (SEC outdoor champion, 2nd in NCAA indoor 60 hurdles, 4th outdoors 2000), held off Wisconsin=s Thavius Nelson (Big 10 champion). Todd Matthews (3rd outdoors 2000), finished fourth, but advanced.
Aubrey Herring (NCAA indoor champ and outdoor 2000 runner-up) lead all the way. Wenston Riley of Southern Mississippi closed fast for second, edging Penn State=s Guy Rose in lane three. Kris Allen of Texas A&M (8th outdoors 2000) ran fifth, but advanced.
Women's 400 B Semifinals
Baylor's Barbara Petrahn (4th outdoors 2000) led until being overtaken by Texas' Moushaumi Robinson with 60 meters left, reversing order of finish in Big 12 outdoor final. Michelle Burgher closed steadily for third.
Defending champion Mikele Barber of South Carolina, running in lane eight with two open lanes to her left, cruised to victory, tugging twin sister Me=lisa to second, passing early leader Faith Rein of Florida just before the wire.
LSU's Ronetta Smith jumped the field through the first 200 meters and shared the lead with Indiana=s Tia Trent, but was reeled in by Allison Beckford, Rice freshman, with 80 meters remaining. Trent also caught Smith for second in the last 20 meters.
Demetria Washington, the NCAA indoor champion and 2000 outdoor runner-up, took it the distance in lane eight and coasted to victory, winning comfortably over Clemson senior Shekera Weston and Liz Grow, Notre Dame junior. Grow kept pace over first 200 meters in lane three.
Men's 400 B Semifinals
Florida senior Geno White, runner-up in last two NCAA meets (indoors and outdoors), took the lead at the head of the straightaway and held off early leader Brandon Couts of Baylor (4th outdoor 2000). Ato Modibo of Clemson, running in lane two, was fastest of all at the finish to edge Arizona State's Michael Campbell for third.
Andrew Pierce (6th outdoors 2000) led an even field through 200 meters, but SEC runner-up Alleyne Francique charged off the final turn for two-meter victory over Christopher Brown of Norfolk State (3rd outdoor 2000), running in lane two. Pierce held off Pete Coley of LSU for third by .03 seconds.
Defending champion Avard Moncur of Auburn, running in lane seven, outclassed the field, posting a seven-meter win with fastest qualifying time. Godfrey Herring of Middle Tennessee State passed Minnesota=s Tom Gerding with 30 meters to go to grab runner-up honors.