Rosario & Taylor Qualify For NCAA Championships

May 29, 2009

Nelson Rosario and Bo Taylor became the first Bruin men to punch their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as both finished fifth in their respective events to automatically advance to NCAAs.

Rosario finished fifth in the long jump to automatically qualify for the National meet, posting a mark of 24-8.25 for the fifth and final automatic spot to Nationals. He was also the only freshman to finish in the top-five in the event. Taylor finished fifth in the shot put with a big season-best toss of 59-8.25 to automatically qualify for Nationals as he finished fifth in the event.

Also on Friday, sophomore Cory Primm ran a season-best 1:48.59 in the 800m for the fourth-fastest time of the day as he will run for a spot at Nationals on Saturday. Senior Elijah Wells also qualified for an event final as he was the eighth qualifier into the 400m final with a time of 47.96.

Freshman Karlton Rolle and junior Stan Griffin both advanced to Saturday's final of the 200m as Rolle was fifth overall (21.16) and Griffin was seventh with a season-best run of 21.28.

Junior Marlon Patterson and senior Laef Barnes both advanced to Saturday's 1500m final as Patterson was ninth overall (3:53.49) and Barnes was 11th (3:47.41, season-best).

The men's 4x100m relay team of Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Stan Griffin and Brandon Smith had a disappointing day in Eugene as Smith suffered a hamstring injury on the anchor leg, causing the Bruins to finish ninth overall (41.44). However, there is still a chance the foursome can earn an at-large berth to Nationals.

Sophomore Taylor Hobson tied for seventh in the high jump (6-8.75) and was seventh in the long jump (24-5.50), but could earn at-large bids in both events. He is currently tied for ninth in the NCAA in the high jump (7-1) and is 27th in the long jump (25-2.50).

100m - 9. Jamal Alston (10.64)

200m -5. Karlton Rolle (21.16); 7. Stan Griffin (21.28)

400m - 8. Elijah Wells (47.96)*

800m - 4. Cory Primm (1:48.59)*

1500m - 9. Marlon Patterson (3:53.49)*; 11. Laef Barnes (3:47.41)*; 15. Scott Crawford (3:49.96)

5000m - no entries

400m Hurdles - no entries

4x100m Relay - 9. Alston, Rolle, Griffin, Smith (41.44)

High Jump - 7T. Taylor Hobson (6-8.75/2.05m)

Long Jump - 5. Nelson Rosario (24-8.25/7.52m), advanced to NCAA Outdoor; 7. Taylor Hobson (24-5.50/7.45m)

Shot Put - 5. Bo Taylor (59-4.25/18.09m)

Javelin - no entries

*-advance to finals on Saturday

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