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Walker's Pace: NCAA Championships LIVE BLOG

Friday, June 10, 2011

Walker's Pace is back at Drake Stadium for Day 3 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.

Be sure to visit the official NCAA Championships website, or check here for LIVE RESULTS. And follow this link for Friday running and field heat sheets.

MELISSA GERGEL IS THE NCAA CHAMPION IN THE POLE VAULT!

ANNE KESSELRING IS THE NCAA CHAMPION IN THE 800 METERS!

10:05 p.m. CDT

A wild finish to the end of the night, as Jordan Hasay took the lead in the women's 5,000 meters with three laps remaining before finishing fourth, and then moments later, Melissa Gergel won the women's pole vault with a clearance at 14-7.25/4.45m.

That tied the NCAA meet record and was a personal best.

 Heading into the final day, the Oregon women have a slight lead over Oklahoma:

1 Oregon 33.00
2 Oklahoma 29.00
3 Stanford 25.00
4 Texas A&M 23.00
5 Southern Miss. 21.00
5 Texas 21.00
7 LSU 20.50

9:07 p.m. CDT

Mike Berry took fourth in a very close race in the men's 400 meters in 45.18.

8:45 p.m. CDT

A flurry of action here on the track for the Ducks, the most important of which is that Anne Kesselring has just won the NCAA title in the 800 meters. Sitting in 3rd, Kesselring  her move around Tennessee's Chanelle Price with 100 meters left, and then had just enough left to hold off a hard charge from Oklahoma State's Natalja Piliusina at the line. Kesselring finished in 2:02.15, with Piliusina second at 2:02.16.

She joins Rebekah Noble as the only 800 meter NCAA champions in school history. Kesselring's time was a personal best and the fifth fastest in school history.

In other events, Elijah Greer ran a tough race and placed third in the men's 800 meters in a personal-best 1:45.06. That was the third-best time in school history.

Also Steve Finley was 13th in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:05.94.

8:11 p.m. CDT

In the women's pole vault, Jordan Roskelley is out of the competition after clearing two bars, including a best at 13-1.5/4.00m. She will finish in 17th. Melissa Gergel is still very much alive, clearing her first two bars on first attempts.

8:06 p.m. CDT

English Gardner, her leg still sore from a collision Wednesday in the 4x100 meter relay, ran gamely in the final of the women's 100 meters and finished seventh in 11.25. That's two team points for the Ducks.

7:45 p.m. CDT

Justin Frick cleared two bars in the men's high jump with a best of 6-10.75/2.10m. The senior transfer from Princeton finished 19th.

7:05 p.m. WEATHER UPDATE

The storm has cleared the area and athletes will begin warming up again. Competition will begin at 7:35 p.m. That means that the running events will be running about 60 minutes behind schedule.

6:35 p.m. CDT WEATHER DELAY

And the thunder rolls. Lightning has encroached upon the NCAA Championships once again. We are in a delay for at least 30 minutes.

6:30 p.m. CDT

Great performance in the delayed men's 10,000 meters for Luke Puskedra. The junior from Ogden, Utah, ran a personal-best 28:33.47, which ranks sixth on the UO top 10. Freshman Parker Stinson was 23rd in 31:04.85.

4:10 p.m. CDT

The men's 10,000 meters is back on! The revised schedule has the gun going off at 5:30 p.m. CDT for Oregon's Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson and 22 of their competitors.

It's important to note that the entire Friday schedule remains in tact. A reminder that the meet can be seen live from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Net, in addition to the web cast on www.ncaa.com.

3:35 p.m. CDT 10K WEATHER DELAY

Another day, another delay. Another powerful storm cell is approaching the Des Moines area, and as a result, the NCAA has decided to postpone the men's 10,000 meters. While another delay is frustrating, it would be even more frustrating to have to halt the 10K in the middle of the race, so it makes sense for the NCAA to err on the side of caution. Oregon has two entrants in the 10,000, Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson. Their race will not start until at least 5:30 p.m. CDT, An update on the weather and 10K schedule is due at 4 p.m. CST.

No other events are affected at this point, in fact, the women's hammer and the heptathlon long jump are underway, and the entire evening slate remains in tact.

11:55 a.m. CDT

David Klech finished off his third career decathlon with a personal best 4:06.72 in the 1,500 meters. He was second overall and his finish boosted him from 20th to 16th in the final standings with 7,469 points.

Action for Oregon will resume at 4 p.m. CDT with Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson in the men's 10,000 meters.

11:05 a.m. CDT

A revised schedule finds Day 3 of the NCAA Championships completing those events from Day 2 that were postponed by intense thunderstorms Thursday evening.

Day three (yes, day three of the decathlon has resumed with the completion of the javelin. David Klech improved on his final attempt, going 123-0/37.50m. He missed a PR by nine inches. Klech is now 20th with 6,564 points. The decathlon 1,500 meters will wrap up the competition around 11:40 a.m.

In other schedule updates, the third heat of the women's 4x400 meters was just completed and a significant result happened in terms of the team standings - LSU, which was third in heat two, did not advance on time, as Texas A&M won heat three in the fastest heat of the three. That will have serious implications on the team title chase.

The men's 4x400 meter relay will be run at 11:10 a.m., the men's long jump will be completed at 3 p.m. and the men's 10,000 meters (Luke Puskedra and Parker Stinson) will be run at 4 p.m. 

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