NCAA Track and Field In Progress
By kevinschmidt on Jun 12, 2009
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships started Wednesday but things really got going as the first finals occurred and points started to be scored. I encourage you to go to Track & Field News or Letsrun.com to see a host of stories, but a few highlights for you here.
First, in the Decathlon, Ashton Eaton from Oregon wrapped up the win as expected getting the Ducks 10 important points in the team title. He was on pace for a huge score but a poor showing in the pole-vault put and end to those thoughts but he still won by about 200 points.
The field for the mens 1500m was loaded and the heats did not disappoint with good times and a huge surprise. The first heat went out quick with 3 going under 3:40 led by Craig Miller from Wisconsin, the second heat a more traditional NCAA heat going out slow with a quick last lap won by Garrett Heath from Stanford in 3:44.22, and then the surprise was in the third heat with contenders Coe, Fernandez, and Centrowitz, the latter, the collegiate leader this year and a favorite to win, had a poor showing finishing last, apparently due to a foot injury. That makes the team competition extremely close with Texas A&M now predicted to win by 1 point over Oregon.
The result from the 1500m put even greater importance on the mens 10000m final with favorite Galen Rupp now having to win to not "lose" more points in the race with Texas A&M. He did not disappoint as after Chelanga and Forrest tried to run away at the beginning, Rupp reeled them in and the just followed until it was time to put the hammer down, closing in around 1:59 and 3:01 and he had plenty more. He may need the more in the 5000m tonight where he is again expected to garner the 10 points for the win.
A great writeup on the whole day is here. Coverage is on CBS College Sports tonight and CBS tomorrow. Enjoy!