Walker's Pace: NCAA Indoor Championships Day 1
Friday, March 9, 2012
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In the final running event of the night, the Ducks earned eight critical points in their chase to win a third straight NCAA title. Oregon's time of 11:05.85 was just good enough for second, behind Washington's 11:05.20, but ahead of Dartmouth's 11:06.29.
Becca Friday led off the 1,200 meter leg in 3:24.74, as the Ducks were second behind Florida. Chizoba Okodogbe took the 400 leg through in 53.90 as the Ducks closed on the Gators. Laura Roesler handled the 800 leg in 2:08.84, as the teams bunched up at the final exchange. Anne Kesselring, the defending NCAA Champion, then went with the Huskies on a late charge as the two Northwest rivals pulled clear of the pack for the 1-2 finish. Kesselring closed in 4:38.39.
In the women's 5,000 meter final, Alex Kosinksi finished 14th in 16:38.61 and Bronwyn Crossman took 15th in 16:46.14.
Sophomore Parker Stinson timed 14:08.63 to finish 13th in the final of the men's 5,000.
Running finals are up next. Parker Stinson in the men's 5000 and Alex Kosinski and Bronwyn Crossman in the women's 5000. The night will wrap with the women's distance medley relay.
The Ducks were also perfect in both 400 meters, where Mike Berry and Phyllis Francis both moved on to the finals. Francis ran a personal-best 54.03. She was second in her heat behind Regina George of Arkansas, who ran 52.93. But the indoor personal-best put Francis fourth overall, meaning she will run in the faster final in Saturday. The time was also the second-fastest in school history for the sophomore from Queens, N.Y.
Berry meanwhile took second his heat in 46.25. The Seattle, Wash., sophomore needed a burst of speed over the final 150 meters to advance to Saturday's final.
In the women's 800, Laura Roesler struggled on the final lap and finished eighth in 2:10.62.
English Garnder broke her own school record, as well as the Jacksons Indoor Track record, in the 60 meters by winning her heat in 7.17. The freshman from Voorhees, N.J., just out-leaned Central Florida's Aurieyall Scott, who hit the tape in 7.18. Gardner ran 7.17 earlier this season at Albuquerque, but that time came at altitude.
Jordan Hasay led a clean sweep of women's qualifiers in the mile, as all three Ducks advanced to Saturday's final. Hasay, a junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., controlled her heat from the gun and won in 4:41.23. Kesselring and Friday also qualified. Kesselring finished fourth in Hasay's heat to automatically advance in 4:42.34. The junior from Nurnberg, Germany, needed a big closing lap to move up into the automatic qualifying position.
In heat one, Friday, knowing she'd be coming back in the DMR later in the evening ran a conservative race, hanging behind the leaders until the final 50 meters when the junior from Bellingham, Wash., put on a burst of speed to take fourth in 4:41.03.
Mike Berry and Phyllis Francis in the 400s are up next.
Ducks are a little more than an hour from their first race, today, the women's mile. Here's the rundown of Ducks in action at the NCAA Indoor Championships:
TIME EVENT COMPETITOR
4:15 p.m. W-Mile Prelims Friday, Hasay, Kesselring
5:00 p.m. M-400 Prelims Berry
5:15 p.m. W-400 Prelims P. Francis
5:45 p.m. W-60 Prelims Gardner
6:15 p.m. W-800 Prelims Roesler
7:05 p.m. M-5,000 Final Stinson
7:25 p.m. W-5,000 Final Crossman, Kosinski
8:25 p.m. W-DMR
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