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Walker's Pace: NCAA Championships LIVE BLOG

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Walker's Pace is live at 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.

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9:39 p.m. CDT (last update)

Junior Bronwyn Crossman finished 15th in the final of the women's 10,000 meters. The junior from Bellingham, Wash., timed 35:25.12.

8:30 p.m. CDT

Steve Finley slipped into the final of the men's steeplechase. He was eighth in his heat in 8:50.00, but the senior transfer from Virginia was the last qualifier to advance on time to Friday's final.

The last competitor for Oregon tonight will be Bronwyn Crossman in the women's 10,000 meters at 8:45 p.m.

8:28 p.m. CDT

The Ducks are on the scoreboard. Jamesha Youngblood finished third in the long jump with a best leap of 21-7.5/6.59m. Her best leap came on her second attempt.

8:13 p.m. CDT

The freshman from Voorhees, N.J., crossed the line with a comfortable lead in 11.17. Junior Amber Purvis, still recovering from a leg injury she suffered at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, did not start the competition.

8:04 p.m. CDT

Mike Berry came out on top of a furious finish in his semifinal heat of the men's 400 meters. Slightly ahead off the final turn, the freshman from Seattle, Wash., needed everything he had down the final stretch to win in 45.23. Joey Hughes of USC was second in 45.27, Bryan Miller was third in 45.29 and Errol Nolan of Houston was fourth in 45.30 as a mere seven-hundredths of a second separated the top four.

In the women's 400 meters, freshman Chizoba Okodogbe was seventh in her heat in 53.30 and did not advance.

6:51 p.m. CDT

In the decathlon, David Klech ran a personal best 48.06 in the 400 meters to highlight his day in the decathlon. Halfway through the competition, Klech is 10th with 4,024 points.

 6:40 p.m. CDT 

Oregon advanced a pair of runners in the 800 meters. Elijah Greer won his men's semifinal heat in 1:47.17, pulling away down the stretch from UCLA's Cory Primm, who was second in 1:47.43.

In the women's 800 meters, Anne Kesselring was a preliminary winner in 2:04.70. Freshman Laura Roesler was fourth in her heat in 2:05.29 and did not advance.

5:43 p.m. CDT

Rough exchange between the first (Mandy White) and second (English Gardner) legs of the 4x100 meter relay, and the baton falls to the ground.

5:20 p.m. CDT

Alex Wolff just missed a legal throw that could have been long enough to advance him to the finals. It was a throw of around 70 meters, but fell outside the sector by less than a foot. He struggled on his other two throws with a best of 65.83m.

In the decathlon, David Klech cleared 6-8.75/2.05m, which was tied for the second-best clearance on the day. He is now 13th overall with 3,118 points.

3:55 p.m. CDT

Klech is 16th in the decathlon with 2,268 points through three events. He's over two bars (1.99m/6-6.25) early in the high jump as that competition continues.

2:45 p.m. CDT

It's a sweltering and humid 91 degrees in Des Moines now, with an 85 percent chance of strong thunderstorms beginning around 6 p.m.

In the shot put - not one of his stronger events - Klech threw 35-1.25/10.71m.

Alex Wolff joins the action next in the men's javelin, though he is in the second flight of 12.

1:45 p.m. CDT

Two events into the decathlon and David Klech has gone 10.94 in the 100 meters (tied for ninth) and 23-8.25/7.88m in the long jump (eighth). Through two events, he's eighth with 1,740 points.

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