A total of 14 Valley student-athletes competed on the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium, including two national champions in Tim Glover (javelin), Jeneva McCall (hammer throw) and two runner-up in Brittany Smith (hammer throw) and Aliphine Tuliamuk (10,000-meter).
Listed below are the individual school recaps from each of the 14 competitors on the second day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships:
Junior Tim Glover successfully defended his title from a year ago, claiming his second-straight NCAA Division I National Title in the javelin with a throw of 268-00 (81.69m), as day two of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships comes to a close for the Illinois State track & field teams at Drake Stadium. Brittany Smith had her highest finish at the NCAA Championships, finishing second in the hammer throw with a mark of 224-07.
Glover started the day off for the Redbirds as the 11th thrower in flight one of the javelin prelims, opening up with a throw of 241-00, sliding him into third place. He bettered that mark on his second attempt (247-05), but failed to increase his placing. He would hold that mark, heading into the finals as the No. 3 thrower of both flights and would be the seventh thrower in rotation.
On his first throw of the finals, Glover set the tone for the remainder of the competition, hitting a career-best mark of 268-00 (81.69m), breaking both the Illinois State and Missouri Valley Conference records, while remaining the No. 9 performer all-time in NCAA history. That mark improves his previous American and collegiate leading mark of 266-09 this season by over a foot, and was just 31 centimeters off the London Olympic A standard of 82.00m.
Glover edged out Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M by seven feet allowing him to become just the second Redbird to repeat as a national champion at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the first being Tom Smith in the high jump in 1987 & 1988.
Brittany Smith kicked off the hammer throw competition with a season-best opening mark of 220-10. She would better her previous mark on each of her next two throws, ending flight one in first place with a distance of 224-07. That mark breaks her previous school record and career-mark of 222-10 that she set at the 2012 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championships four weeks ago.
She entered the finals as the No. 2 thrower to Southern Illinois' Jeneva McCall who squeaked a throw just two centimeters further than Smith in the preliminary round. Smith threw 217-04 and 214-08 on her first two throws of the finals before fouling her last and failing to improve her mark of the prelims. McCall improved her mark to 225-03, assuring Smith a runner-up finish in the event, her highest of any NCAA Championship she has ever taken part in.
Seven hundredths of a second separated Indiana State sophomore Greggmar Swift from a spot in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles as the Sycamore placed 10th in the semifinals Thursday at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The sophomore ran in the opening heat of the semifinals and finished fourth with a time of 13.60 seconds. Shane Brathwaite, a junior out of Texas Tech and, like Swift, a native of Barbados, won the heat in 13.52. Syracuse senior Jarrett Easton was the other automatic qualifier for the finals out of the opening heat with a time of 13.55 with Miami senior Devon Hill third in 13.58. The top two in each heat automatically advanced with the two fastest non-automatic qualifiers also advancing.
Swift holds the third fastest 110 meter hurdle time in school history of 13.49 which he ran at the MVC Championships. He was disappointed with the outcome of Friday’s race but is still happy to use it as a learning experience.
With nine events behind him and only 100 meters standing between Daniel Gooris and the finish line, the University of Northern Iowa junior decathlete dug deep and found a little extra on Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The result was a furious finishing kick that led to a lifetime-best 1500m time and a new personal-best decathlon score of 7,629 points, pushing Gooris into a 10th-place finish at Drake Stadium.
After standing in 18th place through the first five events, Gooris steadily climbed the charts throughout the day. He opened with the second-fastest 110m hurdles time of his career at 15.11 seconds and followed up with the fourth-best discus mark in the field, throwing 139-11 (42.65m). Gooris cleared 17-00.75 (5.20m) in the pole vault – second-best in the field – but struggled in the javelin with a mark of 172-10 (52.69m).
In the 1500m, the decathlon’s final event, Gooris powered down the home stretch to finish in a personal-best 4:27.81. He moved up from 11th to 10th place overall, and his total of 7,629 points surpassed his previous personal best from this year’s Drake Relays by five points.
This marks the sixth time since 2006 that a Panther has finished in the nation’s Top-10 in the decathlon. Raven Cepeda pulled the feat three times from 2006-08 and Mat Clark did it in 2008 and 2009. Gooris entered the meet with the 15th-best score in the nation.
Senior Olimpia Nowak used strong performances in the shot put and 200m to close the first day of heptathlon competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 13th place. Nowak scored 3,329 points through the first four events. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen leads with 3,803 points.
Nowak opened the day with a time of 13.78 seconds in the 100m hurdles and followed up with a clearance of 5-03.00 (1.60m) in the high jump. Sitting in 18th place after two events, Nowak posted an outdoor personal-best mark of 40-00.50 (12.20m) in the shot put and wrapped up the day with a personal-best 200m time of 24.76 seconds.
Nowak’s shot put and 100m hurdles performances ranked sixth and tenth, respectively, among the heptathlon field.
Southern Illinois senior Jeneva McCall won the NCAA title in the hammer throw Thursday afternoon at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
McCall posted the winning throw of 225-03 on her fourth attempt to earn the third NCAA title of her career. The effort beat Missouri Valley Conference rival Brittany Smith of Illinois State by eight inches. Saluki teammate DeAnna Price also finished 10th in the hammer throw with a toss of 204' 2" (62.25m).
McCall, who won the NCAA weight throw title in March and was the discus national champion in 2010, has now won more NCAA titles than any athlete in SIU track and field history. She overtakes Brittany Riley, who won two titles in the weight throw in 2007 and 2008, and Darrin Plab, who was a two-time national champion in the outdoor high jump in 1991 and 1992.
Along with McCall's hammer title came the 12th All-America honor of her career, and she isn't done yet. She will compete for the national title in the shot put Friday.
Thursday was a bittersweet day for Saluki junior Zach Dahleen at the NCAA Championships. Dahleen broke a 50-year-old school record in the men's 1,500-meter run during the preliminaries, but fell painfully short of qualifying for Saturday's final.
Dahleen ran 3:41.18 to overtake Bill Cornell's 1962 time of 3:42.74 atop the SIU record book. The effort was two-tenths of a second shy of the final qualifying spot. The top five finishers in each heat along with the next two fastest times advanced to the final. Dahleen's time was better than the five automatic qualifiers in the second heat, but slower than seven qualifiers from his heat.
Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk finished second in the women’s 10,000-meter final and Brett Trudo finished 11th in the men’s javelin Thursday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.
Tuliamuk finished second out of the field of 24 runners with a time of 32:45.43 — just shy of her personal and season-best time (32:39.35). Texas A&M’s Natosha Rogers won the NCAA title with a time of 32:41.63.
Tuliamuk, from Kapenguria, Kenya, ran as part of the lead pack throughout the race. The pack dwindled to four runners in the final few laps before Rogers ran away for the win in the final stretch.
Senior Trudo, from Wamego, Kan., competed in the men’s javelin at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in his Wichita State career. His top throw of 233-10 Thursday gave him an 11th-place finish overall in the event.
Junior Tomas Cotter ran a personal best 8:49.85 in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals. The time ranks third on Wichita State’s all-time top-10 list and marked the Shockers’ fastest time since Bob Christensen ran the event in 8:32.40 in 1976.
Cotter, from Dundalk, Ireland, finished eighth in his heat and 17th overall. The top 14 runners, overall, advanced to Saturday’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final.
Seniors Todd McKown and Lawson Montgomery ran in the men’s 110-meter hurdle semifinals Thursday.
Montgomery, from Bennington, Kan., finished fourth in his heat and 13th overall with a time of 13.79. McKown, from Valley Center, Kan., finished sixth in his heat and 16th overall out of 24 competitors with a time of 13.84. The top eight runners, overall, advanced to Saturday’s event finals.
Junior Tanya Friesen, from Buhler, Kan., competed in four events during the first day of the women’s heptathlon.
She ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.35 for 929 points and jumped 5-5 ¼ in the high jump for 806 points. Friesen produced a top mark of 29-6 in the shot put for 464 points and finished the 200 meters in 25.29 for 860 points.
Friesen finished day one of the multi-event with 3,059 points for 23rd place overall. The heptathlon continues starting at 3 p.m. Friday with the long jump, followed by the javelin, then concludes with the 800 meters.