The first day of action at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships saw a 32-year Drake Stadium record fall and one NCAA meet record tied on Wednesday.
Notes on Wednesday's action:
Today's announced attendance was 4,052.
Tonight's action at Drake Stadium was conducted under partly cloudy skies with a temperature in the low 70s.
Longtime Drake Stadium Record Tumbles
Cameron Levins became Southern Utah's first NCAA track champion, sprinting the final 150 meters to win the 10,000 in 28:07.14, breaking a Drake Stadium record set 32 years ago. Levins ran his final lap in 58.1 to beat Arizona's Stephen Sambu, last year's third-place finisher. The old stadium record was 28:07.40 by Kipsubal Koskei of the Albuquerque Track Club in 1980.
NCAA Meet Record Tied
Stanford senior Katerina Stefanidi took home the women's pole vault title after tying the meet record of 14-7¼ (4.45m) on her first attempt.
2012 Collegiate Best Marks Broken
- Chad Wright, Nebraska, men's discus, 206-0
- Tony McQuay, Florida, men's 400, 44.67
- Whitney Ashley, San Diego State, women's discus, 196-10
- Tony McQuay, Florida, No. 3 this year in men's 400, 44.67
- LSU, No. 3 this year in women's 4x100 relay, 42.68 (Takeia Pinckney, Semoy Hackett, Rebecca Alexander, Kimberlyn Duncan)
- Texas A&M, matches No. 4 this year in women's 4x100 relay, 42.90 (LaKeidra Steward, Olivia Ekpone, Dominique Duncan, Ashley Collier)
- Auburn, No. 5 this year in men's 4x100 relay, 38.53 (Jeremy Hardy, Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland, Keenan Brock)
Back-To-Back Titles For Borman
Oklahoma's Brittany Borman threw 184-7 to repeat as the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field women's javelin champion to kick off the first day of competition. Borman won the Big 12 championship this year and was the collegiate leader with a throw of 194-11. She placed second at the 2010 NCAA meet.
Close To On Top Of The World
Four athletes added their names to some of the top performances in the world this year. Tony
McQuay of Florida is now ranked No. 3 this year in the men's 400 with is time of 44.67. Auburn's 4x100 relay time of 38.53 was good for fifth in the world. Team members were Jeremy Hardy, Harry Adams, Marcus Rowland and Keenan Brock. The women's 4x100 prelims saw two teams place amongst the world's best for the season. LSU clocked a 42.68, which is No. 3 this year, with team members were Takeia Pinckney, Semoy Hackett, Rebecca Alexander, Kimberlyn Duncan. Texas A&M matched No. 4 this year with a time of 42.90 with team members LaKeidra Steward, Olivia Ekpone, Dominique Duncan, Ashley Collier.
He's No. 1 Now
Nebraska's Chad Wright, a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, won the men's discus with a throw of 206-0, his personal best and the top collegiate mark this season. Wright improved on each throw and his winning mark came on his fifth attempt. He fouled on his last throw. Season leader Luke Bryant of Oklahoma was third at 199-11, with Mason Finley of Kansas getting second at 200-2.
After helping Auburn to the fastest semifinal time in the men's 4x100 relay, Harry Adams ran the fastest time ever in a 100 heat race at the NCAA meet, churning out a 9.96, the best collegiate time this year and No. 7 in the world. Florida's Jeff Demps had the previous best of 10.01. Demps, the 2010 NCAA champion, did not qualify this year because of a hamstring injury.
San Diego State's Whitney Ashley was a surprise winner in the women's discus, throwing 196-10 to beat runner-up Anna Jelmini of Arizona State by four feet. Ashley was the sixth-ranked thrower coming in with a season best of 183-1, a mark she achieved at the Mt. Sac Relays. Ashley's mark is a collegiate best for the year, topping the previous best of 195-0 by Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois. McCall finished 10th at 177-4.
Price Is Right
Tennessee's Chanelle Price, who finished third last year, ran the fastest heat in the women's 800, 2:01.66, to lead the way into Friday's final. That's a season best for Price, the SEC champion. Defending champion Anne Kesselring of Oregon made the final with the fifth-best time, 2:02.66.
Iowa's Erik Sowinksi and Iowa State's Edward Kemboi went 1-2 in the third heat of the men's 800 semifinal. Sowinski led all qualifiers with a time of 1:46.09, while Kemboi had the fourth-best time at 1:46.20. Collegiate leader Charles Jock of UC Irvine won the first heat in 1:46.24 and is the No. 2 qualifier to the final.
Bronco In The Lead
First-place finishes in the 100 (10.90) and long jump (24-3 1/2) and a tie for first in the high jump (6-8 3/4) propelled Boise State's Kurt Felix into the first-day lead in the decathlon. Felix compiled a five-event total of 4,187 points, 10 more than Arkansas freshman Gunnar Nelson. Season leader Isaac Murphy of Texas is tied for fifth with 4,025 points.
Sophomore Prezel Hardy Jr., counted on by three-time defending men's team champion Texas A&M for big points in the 100, failed to make the final, finishing fourth in his heat in 10.11, missing out on the final spot by .02 seconds. Hardy had the fastest time of the year among the NCAA qualifiers, running a 10.03 in winning the Big 12 championship. Texas A&M also failed to advance a runner to the final in the women's 100. Sophomore Ashley Collier came in as the No. 3-ranked collegian with a time of 11.01, but ran 11.33 and finished fourth in her heat, .04 seconds out of the final qualifying spot. A&M's Dominique Duncan also failed to made the final. Like the men, the Aggie women are seeking their fourth consecutive team title.
Season leader Georganne Moline of Arizona, the Pac-12 champion, fell over the hurdle in the final turn and failed to make the final in the women's 400 hurdles. Moline, who ran 55.12 in the conference meet, recovered to finish the race but her time of 59.99 was 21st out of the 24 runners. UCLA's Turquoise Thompson, second to Moline at the Pac-12 meet, was the top qualifier in 55.59.
Thursday's competition begins at 11:30 with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles. The heptathlon begins with 100 hurdles at 1 p.m. Field events begin at 2:30 with the men's javelin and running events commence at 5:30 with the 200 meters.
Single-day tickets for Thursday are available for $30 by calling (515) 271-DOGS, or visiting www.ncaa.com/tickets to purchase online.