NCAA track and field day 1 recap: ASU's Cassulo is a champ
Arizona State's Chelsea Cassulo won the NCAA women's hammer throw title to highlight the first day of action at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene. The competition continues Thursday and runs through Saturday.
Jen Bergman earns first-team All-America honors for the second time in her career in the 10K.
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Meanwhile, Jordan Clarke was looking for his fifth consecutive NCAA shot put title but juuuussssssst missed out on first place by an inch and a quarter/three-hundredths of a meter to Texas' Ryan Crouser, whose only legal throw was good enough to win him the title. A heartbreaking end to the Alaskan redshirt senior's career, but his distance of 66-06.50 ft/20.28m was still good for second place in the event and eight Arizona State team points.
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On the men's side, Jeremy Taiwo holds a super-duper slim edge in the decathlon, leading Duke's Curtis Beach by six points through five events. The major contributing factor here was Taiwo's first-place finish in the high jump among the 24 decathletes (7-01.5ft/2.17m; he set a world record in the heptathlon high jump this past indoor season).