Walker's Pace: NCAA Championships LIVE BLOG
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The women are in the NCAA title hunt and Walker's Pace is live at Drake Stadium for Day 4 of the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. We'll have updates on the competition throughout the day at Drake Stadium. We'll post the most recent updates at the top of the blog.
MATTHEW CENTROWITZ WINS MEN'S 1,500 METERS!
2:00 p.m. CDT
Another great track season comes to a close, as the Men and Women of Oregon represented the University exceptionally well again. The women finished second while the men tied for 10th.
The final team standings for the women were: Texas A&M 49, Oregon 45, LSU 43.5, Oklahoma 42, Arizona 35.
For the men, Oregon tied for 10th with 25 points. That's three straight top 10 finishes for the Ducks, the first time that's happened in nearly two decades. Texas A&M captured the team title with 55 points, One better than Florida State's 54.
1:46 p.m. CDT
Texas A&M wins the 4x400 with Oregon third, so the Aggies win the team title --congratulations to Texas A&M.
The Ducks are the national runners-up for the third straight year. That is a remarkable accomplishment.
Oregon's relay time of 3:28.18 broke the school record set at this meet a year ago.
1:14 p.m. CDT
The race for the women's title is pretty simple. Both Oregon and Texas A&M are tied with 39 points and both have 4x400 meter relay teams. Currently, LSU still leads the meet with 43.5 points, followed by Oklahoma with 42 and then the Ducks and Aggies. But neither LSU or Oklahoma have relay teams and none of the other six teams can catch LSU.
So the winner of the race between A&M and Oregon will take home the 2011 title, as long as they score at least five points by finishing fourth or higher.
1:09 p.m. CDT
Claire Michel finished eighth in the women's steeplechase in 10:10.27. That gives Oregon 39 points heading into the 4x400 and with Texas A&M also having a team in the final, the 2011 title will be decided in the 4x4.
1:00 p.m. CDT
LSU goes 1-6 in the women's 200 meters, A&M gets second, and Oklahoma fourth.
The Sooners were also the runner-up in the shot put.
Team standings are LSU with 43.5, Oklahoma with 42, Texas A&M with 39 and Oregon with 38. Oklahoma and LSU are done for the day.
12:51 p.m. CDT
Matthew Centrowitz set the pace early and then charged off the final turn to pull away from Arkansas' Dorian Ulrey to win the men's 1,500 meters in 3:42.54.
12:27 p.m. CDT
Becca Friday finished fifth (4:16.76) and Jordan Hasay eighth (4:17.67) to score five team points for the Ducks. That pushes Oregon's total to 38.
12:16 p.m. CDT
In the women's triple jump, Arizona, Oklahoma and Tennessee all advanced one thrower to the finals. Florida's thrower did not, thus mathematically eliminating the Gators from the title chase.
12:10 p.m. CDT
LSU won the women's 4x100 meters with Texas A&M second and USC third. That puts the title competitors' standings with Oregon at 33, Texas A&M at 31, LSU at 30.5, Oklahoma at 29, Clemson at 21, Arizona at 20, USC at 15 and Tennessee at 12.
LSU has two runners in the 200 meters remaining and A&M has one in the 200 and their 4x400 relay.
9:30 a.m. CDT
Saturday morning finds the Women of Oregon as one of nine teams still mathematically alive to take home the 2011 NCAA Outdoor title. The Ducks lead the competition with 33 points, and there are eight other schools who have enough entries on the final day of these championships to surpass that total (which the Ducks obviously hope to add to).
For some of the eight, it would take heroic performances coupled with unforseen disasters by the contenders to take home the title, but to quote a famous movie line, "so you're saying there's a chance?"
Here's a listing of the nine teams with their current points and how many entries they have going today:
Oregon / 33 points / 5 entries
Oklahoma / 29 points / 3 entries
Texas A&M / 23 points / 3 entries
LSU / 20.5 points / 4 entries
Arizona / 20 points / 4 entries
Clemson / 19 points / 3 entries
Tennessee 12 points / 3 entries
USC / 9 points / 4 entries
Florida / 0 points / 4 entries
Oklahoma and Arizona's fate will be tied to the shot put, while defending champ Texas A&M and LSU will look for big points in the 200 meters and the relays. Fellow Pac-10 school USC can actually help Oregon out by going head-to-head with A&M and LSU in the 4x100 and the 200 meters. The Sooners also have a entry in the 200 and the Wildcats and Trojans have a 100 meter hurdler. Clemson, Tennessee and Florida have entries in all different events.
For Oregon, it's two runners in the 1,500 meters (Jordan Hasay, Becca Friday), two in the steeplechase (Claire Michel, Lanie Thompson) and the 4x400 meter relay. Don't be surprised to see this meet come down to the 4x400 relay, where The Aggies are the top seed.
On the men's side, the Ducks have Matthew Centrowitz in the 1,500, and a stong performance by him should give the Ducks their third straight top-10 finish, something Oregon hasn't done in nearly two decades. The men are currently ninth with 15 points.