Day 1 of NCAA outdoor track & field championships: Edward Cheserek wins fourth NCAA title, Oregon men and women lead in team standings
After a stunning win from freshman Edward Cheserek in the men's 10k, the Oregon men lead day 1 of the NCAA outdoor track & field championships over Princeton and Florida. The Oregon women are also in the lead after the first day of events with 15 points, ahead of Texas and Mississippi. Here's a full breakdown of the action after day 1 in Eugene:
The highlight of the day was Cheserek's dominant performance in the men’s 10k final to earn his fourth NCAA title in his first year at Oregon. After running in the top four group for the majority of the race, Cheserek laid down the hammer in the final 400m, splitting 53.31 for the last lap and easily kicking down Oklahoma State’s Shadrack Kipchirchir, Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed, and Texas Tech’s Kennedy Kithuka. Cheserek's teammates Trevor Dunbar and Parker Stinson finished fifth and eighth, respectively.
Edward Cheserek's workout for the evening: 9,800-meter jog, 200-meter annihilation
— House of Run (@HouseofRun) June 12, 2014
The Ducks suffered a shaky start to the meet. An unfortunate hand-off error cost Oregon in the second heat of the women’s 4x100m, where first-leg Sasha Wallace and second-leg Phyllis Francis dropped the baton in the exchange. The Ducks were projected to finish fifth in the event.
Collegiate leader Laura Roesler brought the Eugene crowd to its feet with a comfortable win in heat one of the women’s 800m to secure her spot in the final with a time of 2:02.60.
Senior Mike Berry will finish his collegiate career by making a run for the men’s 400m title after easily winning heat one in a time of 45.41. After competing in Friday's final, Berry will become the first of his family to graduate from college; the Duck is set to walk on Sunday.
After being edged out in the final steps by Texas’ Kendall Baisden, Phyllis Francis just barely received a spot in the women’s 400m final with a third-place finish in heat three to advance on time.
In the midst of the long jump competition, Jenna Prandini ran over to the start of the women’s 100m to win heat three and automatically advance to the final. She immediately returned to the long jump pit to finish off the event. The four-time All-American closed out the day with her first NCAA title of the meet with a win in the women’s long jump.
Junior Jillian Weir added big points for the Ducks with a sixth-place finish in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 63.88m.
Pac-12 champion Dakotah Keys and teammate Mitch Modin finished off day one of the men’s decathlon with seventh and eighth place standing after completing five events.
Multi-sport phenom Liz Brenner earned second-team All-America honors in the women’s javelin after finishing 17th with a mark of 47.31m.
The men’s 4x100m kicked off the meet with a blazing second-place finish in heat one to automatically qualify for the final with a time of 39.26, just milliseconds away from heat-winner Western Kentucky.
Senior Buff Emily Hunsucker finished out her college career with a runner-up finish in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 64.83m, just short of Julia Ratcliffe’s winning mark of 66.88m.
Olympian and Pac-12 champion Shalaya Kipp cruised to an automatic qualifier in the final of the women’s 3,000m steeplechase with a second-place finish in heat one.
Senior Joe Bosshard closed out his college career with a strong kick to take down Oregon’s Parker Stinson in the final meters of the men’s 10k for a seventh place finish and first-team All-America honors.
Luke Lefebure turned on the jets in the final heat of the men’s 800m with a killer finishing kick to secure his spot in the final with a third place finish and a time-based qualifier. Claudia Saunders ran a smart race in heat one of the women’s 800m with a second-place finish behind Oregon’s Laura Roesler to automatically qualify for the final. Her teammate Amy Weissenbach followed to take second in heat two with a time of 2:04.46 to advance.
2013 NCAA outdoor bronze medalist Brianna Bain earned another first-team All-America honor with a ninth-place finish in the women’s javelin.
Jim Rosa closed out the season with another first-team All-America honor added to his resume. He finished sixth overall in the men’s 10,000m final with a time of 28:57.
Kylie Price became the first Bruin of the meet to earn All-America honors after finishing third in the women’s long jump behind Oregon’s Jenna Prandini and Kentucky’s Sha’Keela Saunders.
Sophomore Nicholas Scarvelis took home his first All-America honor after finishing 10th overall in the men’s shot put.
The Trojan men secured their spot in the final of the men’s 4x100m with a third place finish in heat two to qualify based on time behind Texas A&M and LSU. The women of Troy had a dominant performance to kick off the women’s 4x100m with a 43.08, the fastest time run by a collegiate team this season. In an all-out battle with the Florida anchor leg, USC’s Tynia Gaither pushed past in the final meters to run the second-fastest time in school history.
Aaron Brown returned after qualifying his team in the men’s 4x100m to earn a spot in the men’s 100m final with a second-place finish behind Baylor phenom Trayvon Bromell. Tynia Gaither secured her spot in the women’s 100m after a tight third place finish in heat one to qualify based on time to the final.
Viktor Fajoyomi ends day one of the men’s decathlon with 4,166 points and third place standing after five events.
In a strong finishing kick, Derrick Daigre became the first Husky of the day to qualify for the finals with a second-place finish in the men’s 800m behind Long Beach State’s Chris Low with a time of 1:48.77.
Pac-12 champion Jax Thoirs earned second-team All-America honors with a 13th place finish in the men’s pole vault with a height of 5.40m.
Liberty Miller hung on for an automatic qualifying spot in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase with a fifth-place finish in heat two.
For full results of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships visit NCAA.com.
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