2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Day 2 recap: Oregon Ducks continue to lead team standings
The Duck flock continues to fly atop the team standings at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Oregon men stand at No. 1 with 26 points, ahead of Georgia's 24, while the women have 19 points, nine points ahead of Florida. A number of other Pac-12 teams are enjoying success too. Here's a full breakdown of the day 2 action in Eugene:
Arthur Delaney got payback Thursday after failing to qualify in the men’s 100m on Wednesday. The Duck ran 20.71 for second place in the men’s 200m to come up behind Baylor’s Everett Walker, and the Eugene crowd loved it.
After winning her first NCAA title Wednesday, Jenna Prandini kept the ball rolling with another win in heat one of the women’s 200m (22.95), which will automatically advance her to the final.
After one heat of the men’s 1500m, the Ducks have two runners in the final with defending NCAA champ Mac Fleet and freshman Sam Prakel finishing one-two together across the line. In a homestretch battle, senior Sarah Penney claimed the final automatic spot in heat two of the women’s 1500m to advance to the final.
Greg Skipper added more points to the Duck total with a fourth-place finish in the men’s hammer throw. The redshirt sophomore also finished fourth at last year’s NCAA outdoor championships.
Devon Allen continues to show his versatility as the Duck wide receiver qualified for the final of the men’s 110m hurdles with a second-place finish in heat one and an automatic qualifier. His teammate Jonathan Cabral wasn’t so lucky however. The All-American fell to the ground with an injury after sprinting out of the blocks.
Laura Bobek claimed a third place finish in the women’s discus in an epic final throw that launched her into the top three. The performance will contribute significantly to the team score.
Frenchman Tanguy Pepiot comfortably secured his position in the final of the men’s 3,000m steeplechase after finishing fifth in heat two.
Coming from third place, anchor leg Mike Berry helped get the job done for the men’s 4x400m relay. In an epic last 200m, Berry overtook Arizona State’s anchor leg to secure his team’s spot in the final in a time of 3:03.80. The women’s team may have started in a tight spot on the lead-off leg, but they made up for it with a killer third and fourth leg to come back from behind to finish second behind Texas A&M and qualify automatically.
Dakotah Keys capped off a great day for the men of Oregon with a third-place finish in the decathlon with 8,068 points. The three-time All-American finished behind meet-winner Maicel Uibo of Georgia and Johannes Hock of Texas. His freshman teammate Mitch Modin finished 13th overall to cap off his first year as a Duck.
Lawi Lalang did what he does best: win. The senior Wildcat took heat two of the men’s 1500m out hard and held it, finishing in a winning time of 4:41.03 to automatically advance. Clearly the Oregon-heavy crowd does not phase him.
"Whenever I run at Hayward Field, whether they are cheering for Cheserek or Fleet, I take it as they are cheering for me." - Lawi Lalang
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Freshman Jordan Young made his debut at the NCAA outdoor championships with a 14th-place finish and second-team All-America honors in the men’s hammer throw.
Junior All-American Elvin Kibet reaffirmed her status as one of the best in college running with a fourth place finish in the women’s 10k final. Her time of 32:43 was three seconds ahead of William & Mary’s Elaina Balouris.
Shelby Houlihan became the first Sun Devil of the day to advance to a final after the junior comfortably finished second in heat one of the women’s 1500m to secure her spot.
Senior Anna Jelmini failed to hold her NCAA title from last year after finishing 11th overall in the women’s discus, but has completed a great career as a Sun Devil.
In what has been a breakout season, sophomore Thomas Joyce made his first NCAA outdoor final after running a gutsy race to qualify based on his time of 3:41.67 in heat two of the men’s 1500m.
Senior All-American Hammed Suleman completed Golden Bear careerwith a 10th place finish in the men’s long jump.
All-American Michael Atchoo took command of heat one of the men’s 1500m, and the move paid off as the senior finished third right behind the Oregon duo of Mac Fleet and Sam Prakel to advance.
Freshman Valarie Allman finished her first season for the Card with second-team All-America honors in the women’s discus, finishing 21st overall.
Alexis Walker represented for the Bruins in the women’s heptathlon competition. The junior currently sits in 16th place after completing day one’s four events with 3,196 points.
Add another final to the list! Senior Aaron Brown will be competing in the men’s 4x100m relay, the 100m, and the 200m final. The Trojan exploded out of the blocks in the men’s 200m to claim the win in heat one and automatically advance to the final to begin the day. He took down LSU’s Aaron Ernest by a nose in a time of 20.45. Tynia Gaither turned on the jets in the final heat of the women’s 200m to finish third and sneak into the final based on her time of 23.17.
Aleec Harris continues his domination in the men’s 110m hurdles after easily winning his heat to advance in a time of 13.39.
Alexandra Collatz earned first-team All-America honors after finishing eighth in the women’s discus. She was fifth at the NCAA outdoor championships last year.
The women of Troy put together a strong performance in the women’s 4x400m relay with a second-place finish in heat one with a time of 3:30.29, finishing just behind Arkansas.
Viktor Fajoyomi completed the day with a seventh-place finish and first-team All-America honors for the Trojans in the decathlon. This was the senior’s first and final NCAA outdoor championship as a Trojan.
Fajoyomi runs 4:39.11 to take 6th in the 1500m race and finish 7th overall! His 7,712 points are 2nd all-time by a Trojan!
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The Husky duo of Lyndsay Flanagan and Megan Goethals each finished together for second-team All-America honors, finishing 14th and 15th place, respectively. This was Flanagan’s first NCAA track championship performance, a goal that she accomplished by returning for a fifth year at Washington.
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