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Florida Men, LSU Women Claim Team Titles At NCAA Track & Field Championships

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: June 09, 2012
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Four Drake Stadium records were matched or broken Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, among seven total for the four-day meet. The LSU women claimed their 15th title and the Florida men won their first ever outdoor national championship. Des Moines product and Dowling Catholic High School graduate Katie Flood of Washington thrilled the hometown crowd with her victory in the 1500 meters.

The Florida men scored 50 points en route to the team title, barely edging out SEC rival LSU by two points (48). Texas A&M, who had won the title the three previous years, came in third (40) while Florida State (38) and Virginia Tech (33) rounded out the top five. On the women's side, the Tigers scored 76 points, 27 more than last year's winner, in the victory. They were followed by Oregon (62), while three-time defending champion Texas A&M came in a distant third (38).

The four-day meet produced six Drake Stadium records, one tied record, two NCAA meet records (plus one tie), as well as 14 collegiate-best marks for 2012.

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Top Notes on Saturday's action:
Saturday's announced attendance was 6,436. A total of 20,048 fans filled the stands around the blue oval in total for the four days of competition.


Great weather again blessed the championships for the fourth day. The temperature stayed in the low 80s with the sun shining and a humidity of 42 percent. A strong headwind of seven mph blew to the south.

Drake Stadium Records:

  • Men's 4x400 relay--Florida, 3:00.02 (Old mark 3:00.22, Baylor, 2008)
  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon 3:24.52 (Old mark 3:26.31, Texas A&M, 2011)
  • Triple jump--Ganna Demydova, Southern Mississippi, 46-7 1/4 (Old mark 46-6 1/4. Erica McLain, Nike, 2010)

Collegiate Season Bests:

  • Men's 4x400 relay--Florida, 3:00.02
  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon, 3:24.52
  • Women's triple jump--Ganna Demydova, Southern Mississippi, 46-17 1/4

NCAA Meet Records:

  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon, 3:24.54. (Old mark LSU 3:25.26, 2004)
  • Women's triple jump--Ganna Demydova, Southern Mississippi, 46-7 1/4 (Old mark 46-2, Candice Baucham, UCLA, 2005)

Repeat Champions:

  • Maurice Mitchell, Florida State--Men's 200 meter dash
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU--Women's 200 meter dash
  • Jordan Clarke, Arizona State--Men's shot put

World List:

  • Men's 4x400 relay--Florida, 3:00.02, No. 1
  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon, 3:24.54, No. 3
  • Women's 4x400 relay--LSU, 3:24.59, No. 4

Lady Tigers Rule
LSU won its 15th women's championship in the 31 years of the outdoor meet but its first since 2008. The Lady Tigers, who piled up most of their points in the sprints, finished with 76 to 62 for Oregon, the runner-up for the fourth straight year. LSU won 11 consecutive championships from 1987-97 and also won titles in 2000 and 2003. Texas A&M had won the last three women's championships.

Florida Finally Wins
After a series of runner-up finishes, Florida won its first men's outdoor championship, compiling 50 points -- two more than second-place LSU. Florida clinched the title by winning the final event, the 4x400 relay, in a Drake Stadium record 3:00.22, the fastest time in the world this year. It matches the No. 6 performance on the all-time collegiate list. Tony McQuay, the 400 champion, anchored that victory. Coming in, Florida had finished second four times in the last eight years, in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010. Florida's title ends a three-year championship run by Texas A&M.

Flood Wins Again On The Blue
Washington's Katie Flood celebrated often on the Drake Stadium blue oval as a runner at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines and she's done so again, winning the women's 1500 in 4:13.79. Flood won nine individual state championships in high school and earned six prep titles at the Drake Relays. It's her second NCAA title of the year, after anchoring Washington to a victory in the indoor distance medley relay.

Historic Sweep
Andrew Riley of Illinois became the first athlete to win both the 100 dash and 110 hurdles in the same meet. Riley, the reigning Jamaican national champion in the hurdles, won the 100 on Friday night and came back to win the hurdles in 13.53 seconds. It's the second outdoor hurdles title and fourth top five finish for Riley, who won in 2010, finished second last year and placed fifth in 2009. Defending champion Barrett Nugent of LSU finished fourth in 13.80.

A Champion At Last
After two consecutive second-place finishes, Princeton's Donn Cabral ran away from the field to win the men's steeplechase in 8:35.44. Cabral had come in as a heavy favorite after running a collegiate best 8:19.14 earlier this year, the fastest time by a U.S. collegian since Henry Rono ran five races under 8:19 in 1978 and 1979. Cabral finished more than five seconds ahead of runner-up Craig Forys of Michigan, the Big Ten champion.

They Did It Again
LSU and Texas A&M again finished 1-2 in the women's 4x100 relay, LSU winning in 42.75 for a men-women sweep of the event and A&M following in 42.82 with a strong close by sophomore Ashley Collier. Kimberlyn Duncan anchored for LSU, and she also ran the final leg on last year's winning unit. The two schools, who will become rivals in the SEC in the coming school year when A&M joins the league, also claimed the top two spots at the 2009 NCAA meet. A&M won that race.

Fast Foursome
LSU tied the Drake Stadium record in winning the men's 4x100 relay in 38.38 seconds. Texas A&M set that record in the semifinals at last year's NCAA meet. The winning time moves LSU to No. 4 on the world list.

Close Call
Indiana's Andrew Bayer edged indoor mile record holder Miles Batty of BYU in a stretch duel to win the men's 1500. Both runners lunged and stumbled across the finish line, Bayer clocking 3:43.82 and Batty 3:43.83.

Super Seminoles
Maurice Mitchell continued Florida State's dominance in the men's 200, winning the event for the second straight year and giving the Seminoles their sixth title in the event in the last seven years. Mitchell 20.40 into a strong head wind. Texas A&M's Ameer Webb, the NCAA indoor champion, finished second and Florida State's Horatio Williams, who was third while competing for LSU last year, got third again. 

Duncan Does It Once More
LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan cruised to an easy victory in the women's 200 for her second straight NCAA title. Charging into a strong head wind, Duncan finished in 22.86 a little more than half an hour after anchoring LSU to a victory in the 4x100 relay. Teammate Semoy Hackett, also a member of the relay team, finished fifth in the 200, resulting in 14 points in the team race for the Lady Tigers. With the wind such a factor, Duncan was the only runner under 23 seconds.

Manning Moves Up
Ohio State's Christina Manning returned after finishing second last year and won the women's 100 hurdles in 12.89, edging Clemson's Brianna Rollins by two-hundredths of a second. Manning was the NCAA indoor 60 hurdles champion and ran the second leg on Ohio State's fifth-place 4x100 relay team earlier Saturday.

Finishing With A Flourish
The meet finished with a fine race between Oregon and LSU in the women's 4x400 relay. Oregon's Phyllis Francis outsprinter Jonique Day to the finish and brought the Ducks home in 3:24.54, a meet record and the third-fastest time in the world this year. LSU also ran under the previous meet record of 3:25.26, which a Lady Tigers team ran in 2004, finishing in 3:24.59. That's ranks fourth in the world. Oregon's time ranks second on the all-time collegiate list and LSU's time is third.

Record Jump
Ganna Demydova of Southern Mississippi set a Drake Stadium and NCAA meet record in winning the women's triple jump in 46-7 1/4, the best collegiate jump of the season. Demydova moved up to the title after finishing third last year. Indoor champion Andrea Geubelle had what she thought was a winning jump of 46-11 ¾ would have been the fifth best all-time for a US athlete and would have set the Drake Stadium and NCAA meet record. Her jump was protested by an opposing team and ruled a foul.

Weekend Records and Repeat Champions

Drake Stadium Records:

  • Men's 10,000--Cameron Levins, Southern Utah, 28:07.14 (Old mark 28:07.40, Kipsual Koskei, Albuquerque Track Club, 1980)
  • Women's 200 meters--Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU, 22.19
  • Men's high jump--Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 7-8 (Old mark, 7-7 1/4, Michael Hanany, UTEP, 2008)
  • [TIE] Men's 4x100 relay--LSU, 38.38 (Texas A&M, 2011)
  • Men's 4x400 relay--Florida, 3:00.02 (Old mark 3:00.22, Baylor, 2008)
  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon 3:24.52 (Old mark 3:26.31, Texas A&M, 2011)
  • Triple jump--Ganna Demydova, Southern Mississippi, 46-7 1/4 (Old mark 46-6 1/4. Erica McLain, Nike, 2010)

Collegiate Season Bests:

  • Men's discus--Chad Wright, Nebraska, 206-0
  • Men's 400--Tony McQuay, 44.67
  • Women's discus--Whitney Ashley, San Diego State, 196-10
  • Men's high jump--Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 7-8
  • Men's hammer throw--Alexander Ziegler, Virginia Tech, 248-7
  • Men's 400 hurdles--Amaechi Morton, Stanford, 48.76
  • Women's 800--Nachelle Mackie, BYU, 2:01.06
  • Heptathlon--Brianne Theisen, Oregon, 6,400
  • Men's triple jump--Omar Craddock, Florida, 56-6 1/4
  • Men's pole vault--Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts, 18-6 1/2
  • Women's 400--Ashley Spencer, Illinois, 50.95
  • Men's 4x400 relay--Florida, 3:00.02
  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon, 3:24.52
  • Women's triple jump--Ganna Demydova, Southern Mississippi, 46-17 1/4

NCAA Meet Records:

  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon, 3:24.54. (Old mark LSU 3:25.26, 2004)
  • Women's triple jump--Ganna Demydova, Southern Mississippi, 46-7 1/4 (Old mark 46-2, Candice Baucham, UCLA, 2005)
  • TIED: Women's pole vault--Katerina Stefanidi, Stanford, 14-7 1/4 (Old mark 14-7 1/4, Melissa Gergel, Oregon, 2011)

Repeat Champions:

  • Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, Women's javelin
  • Tim Glover, Illinois State--Men's javelin
  • Erik Kynard, Kansas State--Men's high jump
  • Alexander Ziegler, Virginia Tech, Men's hammer throw
  • Brigetta Barrett, Arizona, Women's high jump
  • Maurice Mitchell, Florida State--Men's 200 meter dash
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU--Women's 200 meter dash
  • Jordan Clarke, Arizona State--Men's shot put

World List:

  • Women's 200 meters--Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU, 22.19, No. 1
  • Men's 4x400 relay--Florida, 3:00.02, No. 1
  • Men's high jump--Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 7-8, No. 2
  • Women's 4x400 relay--Oregon, 3:24.54, No. 3
  • Men's 400 meters--Tony McQuay, Florida, 44.58, No. 3
  • Women's 4x100 relay--LSU, 42.68, No. 3
  • Women's 4x400 relay--LSU, 3:24.59, No. 4

--Special thanks to Chuck Schoffner for notes contributions.

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