Walker's Pace: NCAA Championships LIVE BLOG
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Walker's Pace is live for Day 2 of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. We'll have updates on the competition throughout the week at Drake Stadium. We'll post the most recent updates at the top of the blog.
10:23 p.m. CDT WEATHER POSTPONEMENT
With a massive storm cell pounding Drake Stadium, competition has been called off for the rest of the night. The meet will resume tomorrow with multiple schedule adjustments, no doubt.
10:03 p.m. CDT WEATHER DELAY
Action was going to resume at 10:15 p.m., but we just had another lightning strike and have gone back into a delay.
9:25 p.m. CDT WEATHER DELAY
Still in a delay. Official word from the NCAA that the men's 10,000 meters now will not be run until 11 p.m. CDT at the earliest. Next official update will come at 9:45 p.m. CDT.
8:57 p.m. CDT WEATHER DELAY
Another wave of thunderstorms rolled quickly upon Drake Stadium and we are in another weather delay. The next official update will come at 9:15 p.m.
Oregon's competitors - other than David Klech and the men's 10K runners - really caught a break as both the women's 3,000 meters steeplechase runners and the women's 4x400 meter relay finished just before the weather hit.
In fact, Oregon's heat of the 4x400 was the last race run before the competition was halted.
Of much more importance was the fact that both steeplechase runners and the 4x400 relay team all advanced to Saturday's finals. That made the Oregon women a perfect five-for-five in advancing runners to the finals on Thursday.
In heat one of the steeplechase, senior Claire Michel ran a heady race and maintained her position in the top half of the field before finishing fifth in 10:06.63 to move on to the finals. In heat two, freshman Lanie Thompson fought off a handful of competitors to claim the sixth and final automatic finals qualifying spot. She timed a personal-best 10:03.74, which was the second-fastest in school history.
In the women's 4x400 meters, the team of senior Michele Williams and freshmen Chizoba Okodogbe, Phyllis Francis and Laura Roesler won in 3:31.04. Williams had the Ducks in third after the first lap, Okodogbe pushed the Ducks up a spot into second and Francis pulled Oregon to the lead before Roesler held off a number of opponents, including Arizona, Penn State and Louisiana State to win.
The time was the third-fastest in school history.
The weather delay is bad news for Klech - who was already delayed 1:45 by weather this afternoon. The decathlon was just about halfway through event nine, the javelin, when the delay came. The last event, the 1,500 meters - initially scheduled for 8:40 p.m. CDT - will now come much later tonight.
Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson are also on hold in the men's 10,000 meters. That race was slated to start at 8:50 CDT.
7:25 p.m. CDT
The decathlon pole vault has finally concluded and David Klech had a best clearance of 14-1.25/4.30m. Earlier in the competition, he threw 99-9/30.40m in the discus. Through eight events, Klech stands 18th with 6,158 points.
6:40 p.m. CDT
Great performances by the Duck women in the 1,500 meters as both runners advance to Saturday's final. Oregon's top qualifier was NOT Jordan Hasay. Instead it was Becca Friday putting on a charge the final 250 meters to finish second in their heat in 4:15.17, a two second PR! That puts Friday at No. 8 on the UO top 10.
Hasay meanwhile ran a smart, conservative race as she safely finished third to advance in 4:15.86.
In the men's 1,500 meters, Matthew Centrowitz took control of his heat early and glided home to win in 3:48.67 and move on to Saturday's final. Senior A.J. Acosta was seventh in that heat in 3:49.81 and did not advance.
5:35 p.m. CDT
In the men's hammer, senior Jordan Stray had a best throw of 202-8/61.79m and finished 18th.
2:00 p.m. CDT
Day two is underway following a 1:45 weather delay. In the decathlon 110 meter hurdles, David Klech was second in his heat in 14.11. That was also the second-fastest time overall, as Klech moves up to sixth (from 10th) with 4,984 points.
12:31 p.m. CDT WEATHER DELAY
Lightning crashes and all hail breaks loose in Des Moines!
A strong system of thunderstorms has caused Day 2 of the NCAA Track and Field Championships to be delayed by 75 minutes. The decathlon is tentatively scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m., though thunder continues to rumble throughout the downtown area.
No other schedule changes have been announced yet.
It is quite the storm. Hail pelted the glass roof of the team hotel overnight, and there have been reports of golf-ball sized hail in the area. (Hope the rental car survived!) It has been a fairly constant thunderstorm throughout the morning.
The Pace will be bravely holed up at the team hotel until action on the track gets underway.
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