Fans and competitors at the second day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships saw two more Drake Stadium records shattered and one world-leading mark among a bevy of outstanding performances.
Notes on Thursday's action:
Thursday's announced attendance was 4,877.
Today's action was conducted mostly under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s. It was 74 degrees and cloudy at 11:30 a.m. and reached a high of 81 under sunny skies at 5:30 p.m. At the conclusion of competition this evening it was 74 degrees and clear with no wind.
--Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU improved her leading time in the 200 to 22.19
--Erik Kynard, No. 2 in the men's high jump, 7-8
Drake Stadium Records
--W 200 meters: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU, topped her previous stadium record (22.24) with a 22.19;
--M High Jump: Erik Kynard, Kansas State, broke record of 7-7.25 by Mickael Hanany (UTEP, 2008) with a jump of 7-8.
Season Collegiate Bests
--Penn State, men's 4x400 relay, 3:01.52
--Erik Kynard, Kansas State, men's high jump, 7-8
--LSU, women's 4x400 relay, 3:28.01.
--Tim Glover, Illinois, men's javelin
--Erik Kynard, Kansas State, men's high jump
Drake Stadium Record Shattered
Kansas State high jumper Erik Kynard became the 2012 world leader when he cleared 7-8 to win the event for the second straight year. That jump far exceeded his previous season best of 7-3, which had placed him only ninth on this year's collegiate list. It was the third high finish nationally for Kynard, who was sixth in 2010. It also broke a Drake Stadium record of 7-7.25 set by UTEP's Michkael Hanany in 2008. Season leader Ricky Robertson of Mississippi, who has cleared 7-7 1/4 this year, finished in a tie for sixth at 7-4 1/4.
Oh, So Close
Illinois State's Tim Glover fell just short of the NCAA meet record in winning the men's javelin for the second straight year. Glover threw 268 feet, which was 7 inches short of the meet record that Esko Mikkola of Arizona set in 1998 and just 1 inch short of the Drake Stadium record set by Georgia's Chris Hill in 2008. His throw is the best by a collegian this season. Glover had the previous best of 266-9. It was a happier finish for Glover than his previous visit to Drake Stadium, when he threw only 229-10 at the Drake Relays and finished second to Stipe Zunic of Florida. Zunic finished seventh today at 242-9.
TCU's Whitney Gipson soared past defending champion Tori Bowie of Southern Mississippi to win the women's long jump. Gipson, who was fourth a year ago and won this year's indoor title, jumped 22-4 1/2 to claim her title. Bowie finished second at 21-10 1/4. Gipson's jump was the second-best winning distance in NCAA history, topped only by Sheila Echols' meet record of 22-9 1/4 in 1987. Echols jumped for LSU. TCU freshman Lorraine Ugen had the best jump coming in at 22-5, but she fouled on all three of her attempts.After turning in the fastest semifinal time in the women's 4x100 relay on Wednesday, LSU did the same in the 4x400. The Lady Tigers ran 3:28.01, the best collegiate time this season. Kansas, which had been the season leader, had the second-best time to the finals, 3:29.07.
LSU Shines Again
After turning in the fastest semifinal time in the women's 4x100 relay on Wednesday, LSU did the same in the 4x400. The Lady Tigers ran 3:28.01, the best collegiate time this season. Kansas, which had been the season leader, had the second-best time to the finals, 3:29.07.
LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan broke her own stadium record (22.24) and improved her world-leading mark in the 200 when she won her semifinal heat in 22.19 seconds, the fastest time ever run in a qualifying heat at the NCAA meet. Duncan had run a previous legal best this year of 22.22. She also has a wind-aided 22.12, which stands at the world's best time in all conditions this year.
Another Champion Falls Short
Duke's Juliet Bottorf failed to repeat in the women's 10,000, finishing in 14th place, more than a minute behind the winner. Texas A&M's Natosha Rogers won the race in 32:41.63, beating runner-up Aliphine Tuliamuk of Wichita State by nearly 4 seconds. Bottorff ran 33:45.80. She had come into the race ranked 23rd out of the 24 qualifiers.
Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois made a success return to Drake Stadium with her championship in the women's hammer throw. McCall threw 225-3 to capture the title after finishing second in last year's meet and fifth in 2010. She was the NCAA indoor champion in the weight throw this year and won the hammer at the Drake Relays in April. Illinois State's Brittany Smith was second, giving the Missouri Valley Conference a sweep of the top two places.
Mitchell's Out Front
Defending champion Maurice Mitchell of Florida State led the qualifying in the men's 200, turning a semifinal best of 20.23 seconds. Mitchell has run a collegiate best of 20.08 this year and ran 19.99 in winning his title last year. Auburn's Harry Adams, the fastest to the finals in the 100, had the No. 2 semifinal time at 20.49, while indoor 200 champion Ameer Webb of Texas A&M had the No. 3 time at 20.59.
LSU is set up for big points in the women's 200. The Lady Tigers' Kimberlyn Duncan ran the fastest time in the semifinals and teammate Semoy Hackett was the second-fastest to the finals. Texas A&M also has two runners in the final -- Ashley Collier and Dominique Duncan, who's the granddaughter of former Des Moines North High School star Clyde Duncan. Kimberlyn Duncan and Hackett also made the finals in the 100 and they helped LSU run the fastest semifinal time in the 4x100 relay.
Oregon Ace In Control
Two-time champion Brianne Theisen of Oregon has a commanding lead after the first four events of the heptathlon. Theisen rang up a first-day total of 3,803 points -- 207 more than second-place Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara. The Oregon senior is the world leader this year with 6,353 points. She won the heptathlon in 2009 and 2010, owns three titles in the indoor pentathlon and ran on the Oregon 4x400 relay team that won the NCAA championship in 2010.
Life Of Riley
Andrew Riley of Illinois is looking good in his bid to regain the title in the men's 110 hurdles. Riley ran the fastest semifinal race, winning his heat in 13.30 seconds, just off his season collegiate best of 13.28. Riley won the NCAA title in 2010, finished second last year and took fifth in 2009. Defending champion Barrett Nugent has the second-best time going to the finals, 13.36.
Local favorite Katie Flood made the finals in the women's 1500. Flood, a former West Des Moines Catholic star now running at Washington, finished second in her semifinal heat in 4:12.65, the fourth best time of the day. Stony Brook's Lucy Van Dalen ran the fastest semifinal time, 4:11.68, while season leader Natalja Piliusina of Oklahoma State had the second best time at 4:12.55. Nebraska's Ashley Miller, who won 15 state championships at Tipton, Iowa, High School, ran 4:14.12 and did not make the finals. Miller was the Drake Relays champion in the 1500.
Clemson's Dynamic Duo
Clemson sophomores Bridgette Owens and Brianna Rollins went 1-2 in the qualifying for the finals in the women's 100 hurdles. Owens won her heat in 12.71 seconds, while Rollins was a heat winner in 12.73. Clemson almost had a third runner in the finals, senior Monique Gracia missing the last spot by .02 seconds. Season leader Christina Manning of Ohio State, last year's runner-up, had the third-fastest semifinal time, 12.87. She has run a wind-assisted 12.57 this year, which ranks among the top all-conditions collegiate marks of all time.
First-day leader Kurt Felix of Boise State held on through the final five events to win the decathlon with 8,062 points. That was the sixth-best winning score in the history of the event at the NCAA meet, which first became part of the national championships in the 1970 meet at Drake Stadium. Drake's Rick Wanamaker won that first title. Felix, a senior, is from Grenada and has quallified for the London Olympics. Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington was second with 7,956 points. Texas junior Isaac Murphy, the season leader with 8,067 points, finished seventh with 7,818. The only other collegian with an 8,000-plus qualifying score, was fourth with 7,952.
Anchor Brady Gehret surged past the leaders at the end to send Penn State to the fastest semifinal time in the men's 4x400 relay. The Nittany Lions unit of Aaron Nadolsky, Brandon Bennett-Green, Casimir Losom and Gehret finished in 3:01.52, the top collegiate mark this year. Penn State was ranked eighth coming into the meet with a best time of 3:03.57.
Friday's competition begins at 2 p.m. with the men's hammer throw. The heptathalon will continue at 3 with the long jump and conclude with the javelin throw and 800 meters later in the evening. Track events will begin at 5:35 with the 400 hurdle finals.
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